With a creative, easy, and trendy crowd Gowanus settles into old school Brooklyn with its classic row-house town homes and converted warehouses, along with open spaces, a resilient shoreline and clean brown fields. Gowanus is a part of an expanded, greener urban canopy with hotels, restaurants, entertainment and recreation, as well as “makers” spaces. Studios and cool art galleries are most enjoyed throughout the day, as after dark the neighborhood livens up with the trendy bars, casual eateries, and funky music venues around 4th avenue. The charm of Gowanus doesn’t present itself immediately, as much of the area is still light manufacturing. But wander the streets and you’ll discover beautiful, carefully curated businesses and residences with a creative, stylish crowd tucked into old school industrial Brooklyn.
Eco conscious Gowanus offers a greener lifestyle choice with Whole Foods, an Eco-minded chain of natural & organic grocery items, housewares & other products serving the local neighborhoods. Their environmentally conscious practices include printing and packaging using recycled paper and water or vegetable based ink, composting to decrease landfill waste, rain-water collection systems for non-consumable purposes, and power from rooftop solar panels as resourceful energy...to name a few. While there, don’t forget to visit The Roof, a nice size rooftop bar with plenty of picnic tables, a big menu of burgers, salads, various cheeses, a good draft beer selection, as well as wine, while you enjoy a nice view from above. Gowanus Green is scheduled for a sustainable mixed-use community along the Gowanus Canal, a proposed esplanade, a public park including a pedestrian-oriented shared street, active and meditative Rain Gardens, and other gathering areas. Generating renewable energy, and implementing innovative stormwater management strategies that reduce combined sewer overflows into Gowanus Canal.