The Gowanus is a unique area that largely retains its industrial character, with some of the local businesses dating back more than 75 years. In recent years, plans for the canal have conflicted with the existing character of the neighborhood and some significant industrial structures have been demolished for out-of-scale, out of character, speculative development. However, with the canal’s recent designation as a federal Superfund site, there is now an opportunity to successfully advocate for the preservation of the industrial character of the area and retention of significant structures associated with this history. This tour concludes with a presentation by Friends and Residents of Greater Gowanus, which is working on a comprehensive survey of the neighborhood. Please Note: You Must Bring Your Own Bike, No Bikes Will Be Provided. The fee: $10 per person/$5 for Friends of HDC, Seniors and Students.