Gowanus, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
Home to the legendary Gowanus canal, impassioned New Yorkers are making the most out of this fascinating neighborhood. As the first settlement by Dutch farmers in 1636 in what is now Brooklyn, Gowanus has an active history in the American Revolutionary War as the site of warfare in the Battle of Long Island. Since then Gowanus transformed into an industrial and shipping center with a forward leaning trend towards art, green business, and a diverse dining culture. With easy access to the city through the F, G, N, and R, trains, Gowanus has been blooming due to floods of new culture and environmental improvements over recent years. The evelated Gowanus Expressway runs down its southern border. Developmental projects are restoring life back into this organic neighborhood such as Gowanus Green, a housing project 774-unit 8 building development where 70% of the housing will be affordable that’s set to break ground in 2018, and a 12-year, $500 million dollar project set in motion by the Environmental Protection Agency to rid the well-known canal of its toxic waste and fix its flushing and pumping station. Third Avenue is a vibrant area in this neighborhood, with new attractions from Whole Foods and a plethora of bakeries, wine shops, retail stores, and restaurants such as Monte’s, which is reported to be an old favorite of Frank Sinatra. Gowanus also has a case of the Ultraviolet, which is a 3 story nightclub wonderfully located on Third Street that offers various atmospheres on each floor lead by each area’s own DJ. Much of Gowanus has seen growth in its residential factor and though prices are increasing due to rising value, it’s still relatively more affordable than homes in the neighboring areas of Park Slope and Carroll Gardens.