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The nice thing about Gowanus is that it has remained zoned industrial, which allowed a lot of artists to move in and build studios and provoke the cozy, divey bars—like Canal Bar and Lowlands—to service them. There’s also this part of Brooklyn’s best rock venues, the Bell House and the Rock Shop, plus the Brooklyn Lyceum with its adventurous theater programming. But especially at night it’s grim as hell on many blocks, with the many giant faceless warehouses, plus little but that stinking canal to call outdoor space. And though Littleneck is wowing patrons with its seafood, not much else in the way of notable cuisine has opened up. It’s reachable by the R train—whoop-de-doo.
Above Build it Green by Joe Hume
Brooklyn 20: Build It Green Makes it Big in Gowanus