Best Little Piece of Amsterdam in the Five Boroughs New York 2001 - Gowanus Canal
In 1893, the Brooklyn Eagle called the GOWANUS CANAL an open cesspool, and a hundred years later, the odor of Brooklyn's famously stagnant waterway was still legendary. These days, however, think egrets, cormorants, apple trees, crabs (blue and horseshoe), and bridges, all a mere 10 minutes from oh-so-groovy Smith Street. The channel has a smart pumping station and, at Carroll Street, the oldest retractile bridge in the country. Take the F/G train to the Carroll Street, Brooklyn stop.