Touring Gowanus: A Historic and Changing Neighborhood

Janes Walk


Led By Rita Ormsby, Member, Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club

The historic Gowanus Canal, a Superfund site, is being dredged. The Gowanus neighborhood is changing as redevelopment plans will add thousands of new apartments. Some concerns are old ones: possible flooding, adequate sewers and access to the water for recreational uses. Walk route will include notable buildings; the Gil Hodges Community Garden; the site of an underground storage tank being built to prevent sewage runoff during storms; the Gowanus Waterfront Park, Carroll Street bridge, and learning of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club’s varied activities to advocate for the canal along with canoeing its waters.


Walk will be mostly on level ground and mostly wide sidewalks. Although route will be wheelchair accessible the Union Street subway stop is not. Meeting spot is one stop south of the Atlantic station, where Third and Fifth Avenue buses to President Street are available. Citibike stations are at 4th and 5th Avenue at Third St.

Location Information

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


Friday, May 5, 2023
6:00 PM
Greater than 1 hour

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