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.
Revenue is invested in encouraging waterfront activity and stewardship of the waterway, reconnecting the local community with their shoreline.
Second Saturday of the month
1.5 - 2 hours
Adults, Families, Youth
Tour takes place rain or shine (tour itinerary might be modified in case of inclement weather)
1 to 20
Easy (short walking distances, low or no physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Light clothing that can get wet
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.
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.
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!
567 Union St., Brooklyn, New York, United States
The tour begins at the Gowanus Souvenir Shop at 567 Union Street, between Nevins and Third Ave.
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.
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