Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Greetings From Gowanus! New Souvenir Shop Pays Homage To The Canal's Darkly Fascinating And Often Humorous History

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Partners Joel Beck and Ute Zimmermann

If there was a Museum of the Gowanus, the newly opened Gowanus Souvenir Shop on Nevins Street, would certainly be worthy of calling itself its gift store
The shop offers a wonderful mix of quirky souvenirs, decorative items made by local craftspeople, and works by Gowanus artists. Displayed throughout are historic Gowanus artifacts, maps and books related to the canal.

The inspiration for the store came to owners Joel Beck and Ute Zimmerman after visited small town museum shops during a recent trip down the East Coast. Why not apply the idea to the Gowanus Canal and pay tribute to its "mystifying and troubling yet often humorous and darkly fascinating history?"
Indeed, many of the souvenirs in the shop reflect a sense of humor. One has to love the glass bottles marked 'emboli', 'petrol' or 'arsenic', or the coffee cups ripping 'some asshole developer'

Certainly the setting for the store could not be more reflective of Gowanus' past. Housed steps away from the canal in the space occupied by the former Proteus Gowanus at the historic former Old Box Factory, it is accessible through a long, narrow alleyway with overhanging fire escapes on Nevins Street.

"The lure of the Gowanus Canal is very interesting,' Beck told me on a recent visit. "It is outlandishly popular for a sewer." Indeed.
So whether tourist or local resident, you will want to stop by and check out the Gowanus Souvenir Shop.  Beck and Zimmerman will be hosting a Grand Opening Party for the shop this Friday, November 20, from 3 to 8 pm.  So mark your calendar and check out the souvenir shop.

543 Union Street
Entrance on Nevins Street, down the alleyway
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Open:
Thursday–Friday: 3–7 pm
Saturday–Sunday: 11–7 pm



8 comments:

Landlord said...

Whats with the attraction to the gowanus? I don't get it!

Rob said...

It straddles two great neighborhoods and has a lot of transportation options as well as being close to Manhattan.

Anonymous said...

Oh brother. Ha ha ha!! I can think of better things to print on a paper cup but asshole developer is hilarious.
The Gowanus a sad a sorry state thanks to the 700 unit atrocity. Surely the irony in this shop will be lost on the new tenants.
Don't quit your day jobs but this shop is very clever.

Anonymous said...

love the post cards and the newspaper thing. and the trowels

Landlord said...

You would, anonymous 8:47 am

Nancy said...

Wow. Let's all glorify and profit off a SUPERFUND SITE! Brooklyn at its (new) finest. Branding Brooklyn has hit a new low.

Christopher said...

Don't be a downer. Bravi to all small shop owners!

Nancy said...

ChristopherNovember 21, 2015 6:48 PM
Don't be a downer. Bravi to all small shop owners!

EVERYBODY IS A WINNER! EVERYONE GETS A TROPHY! THERE ARE NO STUPID IDEAS! LETS CELEBRATE UNLIVABLE POLLUTED LAND THAT PEOPLE LIVE ON BECAUSE IT'S CHEAPER THAN LIVING ON UNPOLLUTED LAND- OOPS IT'S JUST AS EXPENSIVE NOW. MY BAD.