There's a diversity of high quality art in the streets that surround the infamous Gowanus Canal. This walk highlights the most interesting art studios and spaces, placing them in context with their unique environment. . . a 150 year old industrial waterway inching towards recreational use. Property developers are making moves following the opening of the new Whole Foods Market in the center of the neighborhood, and they utilize art in surprising ways. Intriguing street art and classic graffiti pepper the walk, offering insight into Brooklyn's creative class that is often overlooked. Art history, music, urban planning, and architecture are just a few topics in this urban industrial treasure hunt. New city-sponsored public art has begun to appear, as well as a multi-million dollar arts center in a Victorian era "Batcave". No tour is ever the same. Each one is carefully curated, and spiced with insight direct from the community. Enjoy a new side of New York's creative culture from the comfort of this shabby-chic enclave. The tour ends amongst excellent food and drink options, near public transport, and is often coordinated with special events in the neighborhood (especially those involving the fascinating Gowanus Dredgers canoe club)!