Gowanus: Varied Views for a Changing Neighborhood

Janes Walk

Led By Rita Ormsby, Member, Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club

After years, the historic Gowanus Canal is being dredged and the Gowanus Redevelopment Plan has been approved by the City Council (which has been challenged by Voices of Gowanus). Many have ideas for a better Gowanus. Attendees will be introduced to the large scope of the redevelopment and housing plans; new recreational possibilities and concerns of flooding and sewage. Route will include the Gil Hodges Community Garden, walking the Gowanus Waterfront Park and learning of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club’s varied activities. Continuing to Third Street, the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s windows showcase some students’ and others’ redevelopment ideas. End will include viewing local artists’ banners for “Brooklyn’s Utopias: Along the Canal,” organized by Arts Brooklyn, the Old Stone House and Washington Park. Wear comfortable shoes.

Walk will be about 4,000 steps on mostly level ground and mostly wide sidewalks. The Third Street walk to the Old Stone House and Washington Park will be uphill. Route will be accessible to wheelchairs, however, the Union Street subway stop is not an accessible station. It is one stop south of the Atlantic station, where one could access Fifth or Third Avenue buses to President St. CitiBike stations are near the walk's start, at Union and President Streets and 4th Avenue. At the walks' end, there are Citibike stations at 4th and 5th Avenue at Third St. Leader will return attendees to the Union Street stop or provide directions to other subway stops. The park will offer places for those interested in discussing the redevelopment ideas.
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 7, 2022
3:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

Borough: Brooklyn
Theme: Art & Architecture, Environment, History & Culture
Language: English
Gowanus Canal, as viewed from the Union Street Bridge. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, King of Hearts. Modifications: photo cropped.