Gowanus, Brooklyn, didn’t get off to a great start when it was settled in the 1800s – it was best known for its putrid canal that was primarily a large, visible sewage pipe. Yep. Everyone’s nasty waste would get flushed straight into the Gowanus Canal, on display for all to see and to smell.
Considering that, it’s pretty incredible how developed, vibrant and not-stinky the industrial neighborhood is today. Some of Gowanus’ old warehouses have been converted into hip bars, and their walls have been covered with gorgeous murals. And from pie shops to themed bars to kitschy souvenir shops, it’s easy to have a busy and fun day in Gowanus.
Here’s your itinerary for the perfect day in your new favorite neighborhood.
Grab breakfast at the Four & Twenty Blackbirds
Tour the neighborhood’s murals
Stroll along the Carroll Street Bridge
Get a treat at the Gowanus Souvenir Shop
Get lunch at Lavender Lake
Hit up Royal Palms Shuffleboard
Allez to a class at the Brooklyn Fencing Center
Explore Whole Foods