What you’ll do
Embark on a walking tour along the Gowanus shoreline and discover why the Gowanus Canal has been inspiring creativity for decades. In a neighborhood once notorious for industrial pollution and the death of waterfront marine life, a renaissance is underway. Explore the neighborhood’s quirky art and athletic scene while hearing stories of its past and anticipated changes to come. Learn how you can get involved to ensure the neighborhood’s growth supports the exciting dynamics between business, art, and recreational activity.
Tours are led by Rich Garr, a local artist and licensed tour guide specializing in street art with over a decade of experience in Gowanus. Leveraging his knowledge of local history and urban relationships, Rich will reveal the fabric of this waterfront neighborhood through art. Each month this tour evolves depending on public art, events, and the accessibility of hidden treasures, art studios, and galleries. The walk begins at the Gowanus Souvenir Shop and concludes at Threes Brewing, where you can finish off your visit with a drink or a quick bite to eat.
How you’ll make an impact
Revenue is invested in encouraging waterfront activity and stewardship of the waterway, reconnecting the local community with their shoreline.
This nonprofit organization is committed to transforming a dilapidated, historically significant estuary into a self-sustaining, environmentally friendly, and healthy waterfront to be enjoyed and treasured by current and future generations.
What to bring
- Light clothing that can get wet