The shape of water pumping through the Gowanus Canal has been inspiring creativity for decades and we invite you to join the Gowanus Dredgers for a brisk hike along the Gowanus shoreline to celebrate the quirky art and athletic scene of Gowanus. In a neighborhood once notorious for industrial pollution and the death of waterfront marine life, a renaissance is underway. There is a growing manufacturing, culinary and artistic creativity that the Dredgers hope to sustain and grow when the area is redeveloped in the near future. Gowanus has additional athletic options after the walk, including free canoeing, rock climbing, archery, fencing, shuffleboard and even axe throwing for you to enjoy.
Our narrated tour begins inside the entrance of Smith / 9th Street Subway (37 9th St, Bklyn, NY 11231) and will discuss the neighborhood's history, recent past, anticipated changes and how you may get involved to ensure the neighborhood growth supports the exciting dynamics between business, art and recreation activity in our neighborhood. Tours are led by Rich Garr, a local artist and guide specializing in street art; or by Owen Foote, a local architect and avid canoeist who has advocated for Gowanus neighborhood improvements over the past 25 years.
Every month, our tour evolves depending on public art, events, and accessibility of hidden treasures, art studios and galleries. The walk may conclude at the Pumping station or near the Gowanus Dredgers boathouse, where participants may warm up with hot coffee, cocoa and croissants during winter months or embark on a self-guided canoe voyage during the summer. A $25 contribution per person is requested as a donation to sustain the Dredgers programs and please register in advance via Gotham Sidewalks or contact us for large group pricing. Heavy rain will cancel but if it's only a light drizzle and we'll still walk as that's a great opportunity to see live sewer overflows!