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Encyclopedia > Gowanus, Brooklyn

Gowanus is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, USA, situated roughly between Red Hook and Carroll Gardens on the west and Park Slope on the East. The neighborhood is dwarfed by the Smith-Ninth Street subway station and the Gowanus Expressway, both crossing the Gowanus Canal. The northern boundary of the neighborhood is Carroll street, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the south and west, and the Gowanus Canal to the east. // Headline text For other uses, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... Red Hook is a neighborhood of the Borough of Brooklyn, New York, USA. Before annexation into Brooklyn, Red Hook was a separate village. ... Carroll Gardens is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, USA named for Charles Carroll, a revolutionary war veteran who was also the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. ... A typical Park Slope block in spring. ... The original Gowanus Expressway in 1954, before widening. ... An aerial view of the canal and the crossings of it. ... The Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) runs from southern Brooklyn, New York to the Grand Central Parkway in Queens, New York. ...


In 1636, Gowanus Bay was the site of the first settlement by Dutch farmers in what is now Brooklyn. Events February 24 - King Christian of Denmark gives an order that all beggars that are able to work must be sent to Brinholmen Island to build ships or as galley rowers March 26 - Utrecht University founded in The Netherlands. ...


In 1776, American troops retreating from the British during the Battle of Brooklyn, crossed the Gowanus Creek, located in Gowanus. This article is about the year 1776. ... The Battle Pass area, also known as Flatbush Pass in the area of Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery. ...


In the late 19th and early 20th century the area was largely home to immigrants, then arrviving from Ireland, Italy and Germany. The area consists of mostly frame housing in contrast to the brownstone homes found in neighboring Park Slope. This article is about the building material and the dwelling. ...


The areas residental prospects have been defined by city zoning decisions:


Some of these include:

  • Sanitation department located on 2nd Avenue and 11th Street (1900)
  • Construction of elevated 9th Street train station (1940s)
  • The Hamilton Avenue Expressway (1940s)
  • Heavy industry around Gowanus Canel (since 1700s)
  • The decline of shipping out of Red Hook (1940s)
  • 10-acre Post Office Lowes on 2nd Ave. (1900)
  • Hamilton Ave shopping Center- Pathmark (1980s)
  • Closing of Park under 9th Street train station (1990s)

To make way for the 9th Street train station, the Hamilton Avenue expressway, and for rezoning that took place in the 1950s, hundreds of residential homes were razed. This has lead to the area containing a majority of commercial properties with a small residential community.


The neighborhood of Gowanus is not widely known, perhaps on account of many residents of Gowanus identifing themselves as residents of the larger areas that border it. For example, South Slope is sometimes used for the areas that border Park Slope, which are technically part of Gowanus.


See also:

Borough of Brooklyn in New York City
Neighborhoods Barren Island | Bath Beach | Bay Ridge | Bedford-Stuyvesant | Bensonhurst | Boerum Hill | Borough Park | Brighton Beach | Brooklyn Heights | Brooklyn Navy Yard | Brownsville | Bushwick | Canarsie | Carroll Gardens | Clinton Hill | Cobble Hill | Coney Island | Crown Heights | Downtown Brooklyn | DUMBO | Dyker Heights | East Flatbush | Flatbush | Fort Greene | Fort Hamilton | Gerritsen Beach | Gowanus | Greenpoint | Manhattan Beach | Marine Park | Midwood | Mill Basin | New Utrecht | Ocean Hill | Park Slope | Prospect Heights | Red Hook | Sheepshead Bay | Starret City | Sunset Park | Williamsburg | Windsor Terrace

 
 

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