From its humble beginnings as a meandering creek through a lush salt marsh dotted with gristmills; to its pivotal role in a major battle of the American Revolution; to becoming the busiest cargo transportation hub in the country; the Gowanus Canal — & its surrounding neighborhood — has been experiencing a renaissance over the past several years. A thriving community of long-time residents (as well as newcomers who are drawn to the area’s gritty, industrial appeal) reside amongst the more than 300 artists who rent studio & gallery space in re-purposed factory buildings.
Among the many destinations in the neighborhood, one can enjoy home-made ice cream on a roof-top deck, freshly-baked pies, craft breweries, indoor rock-climbing, shuffleboard, & even an offbeat museum. Gowanus, Brooklyn has something of interest for everyone! On our journey, we will have the opportunity to meet some of these independent small business owners whose establishments are revitalizing the neighborhood, while learning about the fascinating history along the banks of the Gowanus Canal.
Who will enjoy this event?: Adults over age 21; Foodies & Beer lovers; People who want to learn more about: Brooklyn History, Bridges & Waterways, the American Revolution, Local Artists, & a little Baseball History.
Expedition Meeting Place: Meet on the southeast corner of 3rd Ave & 10th St, in Gowanus, Brooklyn, in front of Table 87 Restaurant. Subway: F, G, or R train to 4th Ave/9th St Station. Walk 1 block downhill along 10th St to 3rd Ave. Why not have lunch at Table 87 before the tour!
Expedition Ending location: Not far from the Union St Station on the R Subway Line
Licensed Tour Guide
A born & bred Native New Yorker, Andrea Coyle is a Board Member & Education Committee Core Member of the Guides Association of NYC. She has a background in both the graphic arts field & early childhood education. A licensed NYC tour guide since 2008, Andrea is a community activist, a preservationist, & a strong supporter of independent small businesses & manufacturers. She loves history, architecture, photography, trains, & food -- & being able to introduce her guests to places off the beaten path!