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Things To Do in Gowanus
written by Warren Lewis Team
If you’d rather pedal than hoof it, make sure your bike route includes these two historic bridges, both of which cross the Gowanus Canal.
- Carroll Street Bridge A national landmark, the Carroll Street Bridge is a petite 1889 bridge over the Gowanus Canal. It is the oldest of four “rectile” bridges in America: when it opens, the bridge slides along tracks on the shore.
- Union Street Bridge Opened in 1905, this small, seemingly rickety, 109-foot long bridge is actually a traffic workhorse, and a major thoroughfare through Brooklyn neighborhoods.
543 Union Street (At Nevins Street)
Gallery Hours: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Study Room Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
Proteus Gowanus is an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room with exhibitions and workshops. Permanent (yet evolving) exhibits include “Hall of the Gowanus,” a collection of art, artifacts, books and more that documents the rich history of the neighborhood.
There’s an archeologist in residence, and ongoing programs include “Writhing Society” (for writers and non-writers alike), “Fixers Collective” (bring your broken things for improvisational fixing), play readings, and more.
Contact: 718-243-1572, www.proteusgowanus.org
461 Third Avenue (Between 9th Street and 6th Avenue)
Hours: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday
Any good chef will tell you that you’re only as good a cook as your tools. Cut Brooklyn is the place to shop for artisan quality, handmade knives. Once it’s in your hands, you’ll know why a good knife makes all the difference. During the open workshop hours, drop by to get your knives sharpened, pick up a new one, or purchase a cutting board. Hone your kitchen blade skills with a Knife Skills Class, in which you’ll prep, cook, eat and (after the sharp stuff is put away) enjoy some beer.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cutbrooklyn.com
55 Ninth Street (At 2nd Avenue)
Hours: Varies by event. Check the web site for current schedule
The Gowanus Ballroom is an exhibition and event space that doubles as a fabrication shop dedicated to art, architecture and engineering. The building, located on the banks of the Gowanus Canal, operated as a steel mill in the 1800s.
Founded by Serett Metalworks in 2009, the 12,000-square-foot space sits beneath 50-foot cathedral ceilings with a 4,000-square-foot mezzanine overlooking the lower gallery. Its sheer expansiveness inspires creativity and collaboration. Usable event space ranges from 8,000 sq. ft. to 9,000.
Contact: 347-460-2687, www.gowanusballroom.com