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

Founded by sisters and pie makers Melissa Elsen

Founded by sisters and pie makers Melissa Elsen and Emily Elsen in 2009, Four & Twenty Blackbirds offers a seasonal menu with ever-changing delicious pies. Their Gowanus pie shop, located at 439 Third Ave., opens at 8 a.m. on weekdays, 9 a.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays, so you can get your pie on (and your day started) bright and early. Because who doesn't love pie?

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Tour the neighborhood’s murals

Listen up, art nerds: Scattered throughout Gowanus are

Listen up, art nerds: Scattered throughout Gowanus are numerous bright, colorful murals. And if just roaming around and finding them on your own isn't satisfying enough for you, community group Groundswell offers fantastic walking tours of the neighborhood's must-see murals.

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Stroll along the Carroll Street Bridge

To get the best views of the famous

To get the best views of the famous Gowanus Canal, we recommend a romantic stroll on the Carroll Street Bridge. As one of just two retractile bridges left in the city, New York nerds will love walking along the canal on a sunny day.

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Get a treat at the Gowanus Souvenir Shop

Don't let the phrase

Don't let the phrase "souvenir shop" put you off -- the souvenirs at the Gowanus Souvenir Shop are not just your typical tacky T-shirts and mugs. Their souvenirs, which are all produced in-house, include beach balls, temporary tattoos, lapel pins and snow globes that are actually awesome. The store is also filled with a mix of historical objects, antique books and tchotchkes created by local artists. Celebrate the fabulous day you're having in Gowanus by visiting the shop, which is located in a factory, at 567 Union St., that dates to the late 1800s.

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Get lunch at Lavender Lake

Back when the Gowanus Canal was smelly and

Back when the Gowanus Canal was smelly and polluted, locals cynically referred to it as the "Lavender Lake." Bar and restaurant Lavender Lake has put a spin on the old name with its adorable atmosphere and various special events, from Chili Wednesdays to Throw 'Em Back Thursdays. The upscale menu includes delicacies such as fried Brussels sprouts, burrata and orange salad, and shrimp pappardelle. Head to 383 Carroll St. -- preferably in the warm weather so you can enjoy the gorgeous outdoor seating area.

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Hit up Royal Palms Shuffleboard

Forget billiards -- Royal Palms Shuffleboard is revolutionizing

Forget billiards -- Royal Palms Shuffleboard is revolutionizing bar games with its array of shuffleboard courts. Located in a warehouse-like space at 514 Union St., Royal Palms is bringing shuffleboard -- yes, the game that your grandparents play down in Florida -- to New York's coolest crowds. Bonus: It features a different food truck every night of the week, so come hungry and ready for a surprise.

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Allez to a class at the Brooklyn Fencing Center

Ever wanted to channel your inner

Ever wanted to channel your inner "Parent Trap" and take a whack at fencing? Brooklyn Fencing Center, located at 600 Degraw St. on the border between Gowanus and Carroll Gardens, offers classes for all ages across 6,500 square feet of fencing facilities. The center allows beginner fencers to join up easily, with free equipment rental and class punch cards that work any day of the week. The center is also home to a yoga program.

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Explore Whole Foods

Some say it's gentrification, others say it's just

Some say it's gentrification, others say it's just innocent, well-priced organic produce. Either way, you should probably roll through the Gowanus Whole Foods, which has occupied 214 Third Street since December 2013. It even has a restaurant and taproom called The Roof, which serves food and drinks, all with a view of the Manhattan skyline. Plus, the girls visited the supermarket on an adventure-filled episode of "Broad City," so get ready to let out your inner Abbi and Ilana.

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Cap off your night at Canal Bar

Named after the neighborhood's Gowanus Canal, Canal Bar,

Named after the neighborhood's Gowanus Canal, Canal Bar, at 270 Third Ave., is open until 4 a.m. seven days a week. It's quite simply the perfect place to cap off your night, when all you need is a neighborhood bar and good vibes.

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