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Brooklyn Street Art Walk of Gowanus

Brooklyn, United States

Experience hosted by Gowanus

90 minsHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people

What you'll do

Local artist Rich Garr leads this safe [masked, socially distant] open-air exploration through the Gowanus waterfront. He is a longtime area artist focusing on public art and community. This walking tour is a multi-sensory collage featuring art, and responding to the area's renowned history and current events.

Swoon, Mast, Guild, Wolf Tits and other funky street artists are typically featured. So are historical landmarks, architectural gems, hidden art spaces, and the work of anonymous "green guerillas" and graffiti writers. While old pollution lingers, so do new issues surrounding gentrification and re-zoning. The area is changing rapidly, and this tour features real-time information and insight. This route changes by the month, but always passes quirky art and recreational spaces (fencing, climbing, ax throwing, etc.). Local artists and businesses are always highlighted- classic pillars and young innovators alike.

We depart from Gowanus Dredgers boathouse at 165 2nd Ave. on the SW side if the canal- close to the F, G & R trains. The walk lasts about 1.5 hours.

The walk ends amidst unique food and drink options (where further discussion is encouraged). Tickets often sell out, and cannot be purchased after 8am on the morning of the walk... so try to get them early!
Local artist Rich Garr leads this safe [masked, socially distant] open-air exploration through the Gowanus waterfront. He is a longtime area artist focusing on public art and community. This walking tour is a multi-sensory collage featuring art, and responding to the area's renowned history and current events.

Swoon, Mast, Guild, Wolf Tits and other funky street artists are typically featured. So are historical landmarks, architectur…

Meet your host, Gowanus

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 27 Reviews
Rich Garr is a local interdisciplinary artist and insider. He's got the stories behind the walls of renowned street artists, anonymous graffiti writers and canal side "green guerillas." He has intimate knowledge of the our waterfront neighborhood- both institutions like the Old Stone House, and hidden alternative art spaces like Ortega y Gasset gallery.

Rich holds a NYC Tour Guide license tour guide and is CPR / First Aid certified. He is a Gowanus artist who studied art & history and worked at the Cleveland Museum teaching art to youth. Upon returning to NYC he worked at the Brooklyn Museum helping plan interdisciplinary programming. Freelancing followed, as did an art studio in Gowanus Brooklyn.
Rich Garr is a local interdisciplinary artist and insider. He's got the stories behind the walls of renowned street artists, anonymous graffiti writers and canal side "green guerillas." He has intimate knowledge of the our waterfront neighborhood- both institutions like the Old Stone House, and hidden alternative art spaces like Ortega y Gasset gallery.

Rich holds a NYC Tour Guide license tour guide and is CPR / First Aid certified. He is a Gowanus artist who studied art & history a…
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From $16
/ person
Sat, Jul 10
$16 per person, previously $19
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
This time is popular
$16 per person, previously $19
Availability for this experience is rare.

About the organization: Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club



The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club is an advocacy group for the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. We introduce people to the canal with shoreline walks, bike rides and on-water canoe voyages. Funds raised by this experience directly support our free and low-cost programs that raise awareness of the environmental issues of NY Harbor. Many more timely & exciting details can be found at www.GowanusCanal.org

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club.

Where you'll be

The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is a Superfund site & cleanup of this industrial waterway is underway. While pollution lingers, there are new issues of development, zoning & gentrification.

The neighborhood is changing rapidly, and our tour features real-time information & insight. We'll walk the uplands to visit a custom mix of historic businesses, hip new bars & cafes, view unique art & discover recreational spaces from ax throwing to canoeing.

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 27 reviews.

Elfe
June 2021
Great tour guide capturing the smallest and biggest art works, incorporating his own contributions and asking if others had their own to share along the way. learned the names of different graffiti styles and much more! highly recommend.
Matthew
June 2021
I didn’t know much about Gowanus before the tour, but I sure know a lot about it now after walking with Rich. Much information about street art, industrial history, and restaurants. And, it was a lot of fun listening to Rich, who is a captivating speaker, talk and point out details along the way. Plus, my kids were on the tour along with other children and they were well entertained by Rich, looking for hidden troll figurines that he placed. A great time all around. Highly recommend!
I didn’t know much about Gowanus before the tour, but I sure know a lot about it now after walking with Rich. Much information about street art, industrial history, and restaurants…
Rebecca
June 2021
I’ve been on a few of Rich’s tours and each one is unique and special. I love the art, but the whole experience is always great. Loved learning about the canal, the hidden treasures and that Rich made an effort to include my two year old!
Allison
March 2021
This was a great opportunity to get to know the neighborhood and hear the story of the art. The guide along the way ran into several artists and residents that he knew, which made it feel like we were an authentic part of the community.
Melissa
March 2021
Great tour! Our guide was super knowledgeable and even gave us extra time to see some additional artists, plus special surprises from street artists along the way. Really helps you feel like you know the neighborhood.
Jesse
March 2021
Rich is fantastic. He is extremely personable, knowledgable, and courteous. He even spent extra time with us after the tour formally ended. There's no one better to learn about Gowanus street art from!

Choose from available dates

1 available
  • Sat, Jul 10
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    This time is popular
    $16 per person, previously $19

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Comfortable, weather-approprite shoes & clothing.

Water, especially if it's a hot day.