Makeshift art galleries and alternative music venues along an industrial size canal.

In the midst of a dramatic transformation, Gowanus is steadily stockpiling cool art spaces and music venues to counter the unsightliness of its dingy canal and signature scent (not the kind you want to bottle). This neighborhood’s mix of industrial warehouses and modest row homes provide ample real estate options for its growing creative culture. Gowanus’ proclaimed edginess is earned—its underground entertainment scene might be hard to find unless you know where to look.

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On the Map

Gowanus is within Brooklyn and bordered by Park Slope, Greenwood Heights, Red Hook, Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens

JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
LaGuardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 39 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 26 minutes by subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

From Industrial Roots to Creative Culture Along Its Canal

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Bordering its namesake canal, Gowanus has grown up from its industrial beginnings into a burgeoning enclave for artists and creative thinkers.

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Gowanus' water source may be a murky canal instead of a sparkling ocean, but the canal creates a familiar beach town attitude. Its rusted bridges and weathered buildings add to the neighborhood's character.

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When it comes to pursuing their artistic endeavors without distractions, many of Gowanus' residents welcome the neighborhood's remote feeling.

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While industrial vestiges and cold steel beams don't cater to Brooklyn's brownstone aesthetics, Gowanus' community adds warmth to its warehouses' immense spaces.

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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Cameron Blaylock

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Cameron Blaylock is a photographer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2010 Cameron received a European Diploma in Fine Arts from Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany. Having been a full-time Brooklyn resident for just over one year, the Airbnb Neighborhoods Project helped Cameron further understand and appreciate the massive, multi-layered, singular organism that is New York City.