Sandwiched between sought-after Park Slope and Carroll Gardens, Gowanus has more recently come into its own as a laid-back and very cool destination while retaining a healthy dash of grit. There is a certain beauty in the toxic colors of the Gowanus Canal, earning it the nickname “Lavender Lake.” Industrial and commercial buildings from when the canal was in use have been transformed into artist studios, event spaces, and concert venues, prompting the arrival of young artists and creative professionals as well as the hangouts they frequent. This creative energy is on display one weekend every fall during Gowanus Open Studios.
Business is Blooming
Independently owned businesses are opening every week in Gowanus. Pickle Shack is a bar/restaurant that serves craft beer and their own Brooklyn Brine pickles. Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, a neighborhood oasis, has full sized shuffleboard courts. At The Bell House, a converted 1920s factory building, there might be a bluegrass concert, a story slam, or a bacon takedown. Other Half Brewing produces some of the best craft beer in NYC, which can be enjoyed in their cozy tasting room. A mini restaurant row has emerged along upper 3rd Avenue featuring the rustic charms of Littleneck, The Pines, and Runner & Stone. The best pies, both savory and sweet, can be found at Four & Twenty Blackbirds. Surprisingly, smack in the middle of Gowanus is a huge new Whole Foods Market complete with a greenhouse and a hopping bar/restaurant scene on the roof.
Gowanus Real Estate
Housing stock in Gowanus is a mix of converted industrial and warehouse loft spaces, new developments that are popping up all over the neighborhood, and brownstones and row houses that have already undergone or are ripe for renovation. Prices are rising quickly along with the neighborhood’s caché, however they are still lower than the surrounding areas.