Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club: NYC Walking Tour: Gowanus Canal Shoreline Art Walk

NYC Walking Tour: Gowanus Canal Shoreline Art Walk

Brooklyn, United States

Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club

Non-profit organization

1.5 - 2 hours
From$25 USDper person

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.

Tour Highlights

  • Stroll along the Gowanus shoreline while supporting the preservation of the Gowanus Canal.
  • Explore public art with local experts and learn about Gowanus’ quirky art scene.
  • Learn about the evolution of the neighborhood and how you can support its positive growth.

Revenue is invested in encouraging waterfront activity and stewardship of the waterway, reconnecting the local community with their shoreline.

Tour Details

  • Frequency

    Second Saturday of the month

  • Start Time

    11:00 AM

  • Duration

    1.5 - 2 hours

  • Good For

    Adults, Families, Youth

  • Languages


  • Weather

    Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)

  • Tour Participants

    1 to 20

  • Difficulty

    Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Light clothing that can get wet

Tour Description

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.

2 Visitor Reviews

    Charlotte ●  Nov 12, 2018

    Rich is a fantastic tour guide. He knows his street art and his Brooklyn history. I didn't realize how much history we would be learning as we walked past tags, throwies, and "pieces" in Gowanus. And...a sweet wheat-paste piece by Swoon! Yes, I learned these graffiti terms during the tour :) Highly recommend. Can't wait for the Lower East Side tour.

    lstanton ●  Apr 15, 2018

    I went on a walking tour of the street art scene in the Gowanus neighborhood. Our guide, Rich, is so knowledgeable of this dimension of the art community that we were introduced to a variety of "lanes" in which the artists present their work. Each stop was thoughtful and Rich was ready with a story or anecdote about everyone. He loves what he does and this is the best teacher! He also arranged for us to spend time with one street artist, Dylan Bauvez. We were a very lucky group as this is someone to watch. Thanks Rich!

Tour Start Address

567 Union St., Brooklyn, New York, United States

How To Get There

The tour begins at the Gowanus Souvenir Shop at 567 Union Street, between Nevins and Third Ave.

More About Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club


To assemble and educate a diverse group of individuals, businesses, and organizations to improve the Gowanus waterfront in Brooklyn and foster awareness of issues affecting the New York-New Jersey harbor.

Main Programs

  • Estuary discovery tours

  • Gowanus waterfront canoe voyages

  • Brooklyn waterfront bicycle tours

  • Lighten Up Brooklyn events, promoting cardiovascular activity as a means to stay healthy in Brooklyn

  • Gowanus Oktoberfest - An end-of-season event to highlight accomplishments of the past season

  • South Brooklyn Waterfront Resource Map - A resource map to showcase other organizations, resources, and efforts while informing the public of waterfront issues

  • Spring Boathouse, Shoreline, and Canal Cleaning Festival - Event where volunteers collect and remove bags of trash from the estuary, sustain life and prevent dumping

Awards & Recognition

Gowanus Community Development Corporation
Award Winner
Municipal Arts Society
Award Winner
New York Times
NYC Water Trail Association
American Canoe Association
Gowanus Canal Conservancy