Past: Interactive Timeline
Past: Interactive Timeline

A history of Gowanus from 1600 to the present.

Present: Gowanus Today
Present: Gowanus Today

Despite everything this neighborhood has going against it, an impassioned group of New Yorkers is making the most out of this environmental catastrophe.

Future: The Cleanup
Future: The Cleanup

What the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund designation means for the Gowanus Canal.

The Urban Designers
The Urban Designers

Architects and environmentalists dream up new ways to clean the canal’s toxic water.

The Residents
The Residents

There are as many opinions about how to revitalize the neighborhood as there are people who live in it.

The Scientists
The Scientists

Through the work of scientists and divers, microbes living in the canal’s polluted water may one day save lives.

The Entrepreneurs
The Entrepreneurs

In a city with limited space, businesses thrive in former industrial buildings.

The Entertainers
The Entertainers

Pioneering entertainment proprietors take a risk in a less-established neighborhood.

The Artists
The Artists

Decay and pollution inspire artists who live and work in the area.