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The Neighborhood

Gowanus is located approximately 1.5 miles from Brooklyn’s Downtown Business District and is situated between the Carroll Gardens neighborhood to the west and Park Slope to the east. These neighborhoods are strong, stable residential communities consisting of a mix of townhouses, mid-rise apartment buildings, local retail, and community facilities. The Gowanus Canal and elevated F subway line are characteristic boundaries for the neighborhood.

In the 19th century, the Gowanus Canal was constructed as an industrial waterway from what was the Gowanus Creek, a natural water body. Through the first half of the 20th century, the Canal was a center of industrial activity with barges transporting the lumber and brownstone used to construct the residential neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Other uses along the canal included fuel shipping and storage, and manufacturing and storage of construction materials. Industrial uses continue along the Canal, however in recent years some sites have become vacant or underutilized.

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