Living in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn

Finding NY apartments in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Gowanus isn't easy. This is because much of the area is still zoned for "light to mid-level manufacturing", rather than residential, use.


However, through the past decade, several small companies in need of production space have sparked the area's revitalization. And although the area is still fairly industrial, there are a handful of beautiful, and well maintained Gowanus apartments at the neighborhood's Eastern end, between Third and Fourth Avenues.


Gowanus is bounded to the north by Butler Street, to the south by the Gowanus Expressway (more specifically, where Hamilton Avenue runs into 17th Street), to the east by Fourth Avenue (and Park Slope), and to the west by Smith and Bond Streets (and Red Hook and Carroll Gardens).  


Although the neighborhood has few retail spaces to call its own, several residents of Gowanus apartments walk just a block or two to Fifth Avenue for access to a variety of restaurants and markets. Although in somewhat of a corner, this Brooklyn neighborhood is far from isolated. Sitting just west of Park Slope, residents of Gowanus are only a short walk from the pristine beauty of historic brownstones and Brooklyn's massive Prospect Park.


Gowanus is easily accessible by several subway lines, including the F, G, M, and R trains, and one of the routes across the Gowanus Canal, the Carrol Street bridge, built in 1889, is the oldest retractable bridge in the country, out of only four remaining such spans. The area's industrial waterfront played an important role in New York's history as a heavy seaport and commercial center. In 2004, the US Army Corp recommended the Gowanus Canal and the land along the banks for the National Registry of Historic Places.

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