Gowanus cuts its own distinctive path, much like the mile-plus-long canal of the same name that helps define the neighborhood. Industrial in look, it manages to feel small scale: filled with intimate rock clubs, upstart breweries, hip restaurants and, of course, a shuffleboard hangout. Art studios, galleries and green businesses dot the streets, while a walk near the banks of the Gowanus itself has an undeniable rough-hewn charm.
Experience the restaurants, music clubs, galleries and infamous canal in Brooklyn's revitalized Gowanus neighborhood¬.
Part of the rapidly developing Gowanus nightlife renaissance, Littlefield is a 6,200 square-foot renovated warehouse-turned-music, art, comedy and film venue, spruced up with environmentally sustainable touches like sound walls formed from rubber tires and a bar made of salvaged bowling alley lanes—as well as an inviting interior courtyard landscaped with reclaimed materials.
Founded in 1999, the Gowanus Dredgers help Brooklynites learn more about the history and environment of their waterfront areas—through activities like canoe tours of the Gowanus Canal, 10-mile waterfront bicycling trips, school programs and seasonal gatherings like the City of Water Day.
Miles from the nearest natural rocks to climb, the newly opened Brooklyn Boulders is the biggest climbing gym (18,000 square feet) in the five boroughs, with walls of more than 30 feet and many tricky things to climb, including a scale replica of the Brooklyn Bridge tower and a 45-degree angle wall for experienced climbers.