Sep 26 2012 ∞
“ The nice thing about Gowanus is that it has remained zoned industrial, which allowed a lot of artists to move in and build studios and provoke the cozy, divey bars—like Canal Bar and Lowlands—to service them. There’s also this part of Brooklyn’s best rock venues, the Bell House and the Rock Shop, plus the Brooklyn Lyceum with its adventurous theater programming. But especially at night it’s grim as hell on many blocks, with the many giant faceless warehouses, plus little but that stinking canal to call outdoor space. And though Littleneck is wowing patrons with its seafood, not much else in the way of notable cuisine has opened up. It’s reachable by the R train—whoop-de-doo.
— I would like to thank The L Magazine for making my neighborhood sound far scarier and smellier than it actually is. Everyone should feel free not to move here and drive up my rent.