Once a bustling place of industry, Gowanus has become a haven for artists of all kinds. Surrounded by Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, and Red Hook, Gowanus is an eclectic mix of trendy, posh, and grunge that's hard to find anywhere else in the city.
Gowanus, both the neighborhood and the canal that cuts through it, gets its name from a Carnarsee leader named Gauwane. Gowanus was the first settlement of the Dutch colony of New Netherlands, and was used as farmland as well as gristmills powered by the canal.
By the mid 1800’s, Gowanus was a place of industry, sporting many factories and shipping services. This heavily polluted the canal, and gave Gowanus a less than desirable reputation for decades. After World War II, many of the factories and businesses left the neighborhood, and Gowanus fell into ruin.
Around the 1980’s, the EPA allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up the canal, which has gone rather well. This clean up project made Gowanus viable again, and young artists and business began moving to the area for the cheap, new real estate. Now Gowanus is an extremely popular neighborhood full of art and culture.
Gowanus has a bit of everything. New, luxury high rises have been sprouting up, as well as shorter row houses. Old factories have been converted into apartment complexes and event spaces. For every new building in the neighborhood, an older one gets recycled.
Gowanus is an extremely trendy neighborhood. There’s always an event happening here 24/7, everyday of the year. The young crowd in Gowanus has shaped the neighborhood to fit their own image, and that image is one of creativity and free expression.
While Gowanus isn’t strictly an arts community, you wouldn’t guess that by visiting here. The galleries and event spaces always host special events featuring newer and well established artists, there are a number of theaters, and the bar scene is classy yet eclectic.
Gowanus is extremely safe and close to a number of hospitals. It also has access to many good schools and activities. The neighborhood can get a little raucous due to the late night scene. However, if you’re a family of artists, you might not mind that. Overall, Gowanus is pretty family friendly.
The New York City subway station provides access to Gowanus via the D, F, G, N, Q, and R trains.
Biking is extremely popular in Gowanus. The young crowd here loves to stay in shape, the streets are wide, and there are a ton of Citi Bike docking stations.
Driving isn’t popular in Gowanus, but it’s extremely doable. The traffic is light and parking is ample.
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Gowanus is located within 11215. This area currently has 69,965 residents in 29,007 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 35.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 7.82% have graduated from high school, 35.49% have a bachelor's degree, and 37.94% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 74.1% and the median income in this zipcode is $108,178.
At least 62.36% of those living in this zipcode are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 39 minutes.
Geographically, 11215 is a part of Kings County, New York. This county is currently home to 2,606,852 residents, or 938,803 households with a median income of $50,640. Kings County, New York residents have a median age of 35 and 70.55% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, Kings County, New York is a part of the greater New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area is currently home to a population 18,812,161 across 6,707,347 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $68,319 and median age of 38. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.