But how do the people who live and work in the area envision the future of Gowanus?
Gowanus Current, a documentary project by Jamie Courville and Chris Reynolds gives a voice to residents of the area and focuses on "development, diversity, and what makes a neighborhood."
At the recent TedX Gowanus conference, Courville and Reynolds recorded people's vision of the future of the neighborhood. Take a listen to the stories here.
Over the course of a year, Courville and Reynolds will continue to follow the changes in Gowanus. The result will no doubt be fascinating.
How would you answer the question "Hello, My Name Is--------- And My Vision Of The Future Of The Gowanus Is……" If you live or work in the neighborhood and would like to share your thoughts , please click here.