If you are traveling from Manhattan, Gowanus is accessible by the F,D,N, and R trains. If you are traveling through Brooklyn, you may use the same train lines as well as the B103 and B37 busses.
Entertainment and Nightlife
For a fun night out on the town with friends and family, be sure to stop by Dirty Precious, a swanky yet cozy cocktail bar on 3rd Avenue. Dirty Precious boasts creative cocktail creations as well as delicious fare. For yet another night out on the town, check out The Armory on 4th Avenue between Dean and Bergen. Known for their happy hour menu, The Armory also serves up funky, delicious cocktails, and does it all in a warm, inviting space.
If you find yourself in Gowanus with an aching to see a movie, make a plan to stop by Rooftop Films. Founded in 1997, Rooftop Films has grown to be one of the most dynamic film festivals in the world, and have been screening underground films on the rooftops of New York City ever since. This is a great activity for a warm summer night, or crisp autumn afternoon.
Here are some of the best places to dine in Gowanus. For breakfast, make your way over to Cafe Luluc on Smith Street. Luluc serves up casual, clean, French brunch and breakfast cuisine. For lunch, head over to White Maize, located on Smith Street between Degraw and Sackett streets. White Maize serves authentic venezuelan cuisine, that also happens to be gluten free! Make sure to try White Maize’s famous empanadas while you’re there. For dinner, check out Fob Brooklyn on Smith Street. Bob Brooklyn is a Filipino Barbeque joint in the heart of Gowanus. The casual environs of this place allow you to focus on the food-- it is creative and authentic!
History of Gowanus
Gowanus Bay was the site of the first Dutch settlement in 1636. The Battle of Long Island was fought in Gowanus during the American Revolutionary War in 1776. After the Gowanus Canal was constructed to run through the neighborhood, the area became an industrial hub, and has since remained a center of industrial and shipping activity.
Today, the remnants of Gowanus industry remain, in its architecture, design, and construction. Gowanus is every-changing, and is growing in popularity among young New Yorkers. Several coworking spaces have recently opened in Gowanus, and the residential and retail sectors have been on a steady incline in recent history.