Spend the day in Gowanus: What to do and eat in the Brooklyn neighborhood

Ahh, Gowanus, your putrid canal used to be a turnoff but now it’s the place to be.

Since it was settled in the 1800s, everyone’s nasty waste would get flushed straight into the Gowanus Canal, on display for all to see and to smell, but now, it has developed into a vibrant, usually not-stinky and fashionable neighborhood that still has industrial charm.

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 the neighborhood.

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