Gowanus was an industrial area most known for its eponymous 1.8-mile-long canal that was once very polluted but now, the neighborhood's rowhouses and warehouses are quickly being converted to highrises, art galleries, and coworking spaces. The neighborhood attracts mostly artists and writers to its pet-friendly coworking spaces like the warehouse-style The Yard and amenity-filled Bond Collective, Makeshift, and Brooklyn Writers Space, which are sanctuaries for writers while Gowanus Studio Space offers industrial workshops, private studios, and exhibition space to emerging artists, craftspeople, and designers.
A collection of cafes serve comfort foods like gluten-free and nut-free baked goodies at Everybody Eats, pie from Four & Twenty Black Birds, ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery, Brooklyn coal-fired pizza at Table 87, and Southern barbecue at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Pig Beach. Wind down with beers at brewery Threes Brewing, which frequently has performances in its space-within-a-space upstairs called Tiny Montgomery. Catch live music performances at ShapeShifter Lab, The Bell House, and Littlefield.
Gowanus has plenty of playful places to destress like Royal Palms, a shuffleboard club and bar. Tap into your creative side and take glass blowing classes at Brooklyn Glass or soak away stress at boutique bathhouse cityWell, a relaxing respite with an aromatherapy steam room and backyard hot tub, cedar sauna, and massages under a pergola.
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