Gowanus, the industrial district surrounding the Gowanus Canal, has long been the ugly stepsister to next-door Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, and Park Slope. The canal itself was notorious as an alleged Mafia dumping ground and a communal latrine; locals sardonically dubbed its putrid and polluted waters "Perfume Creek" and "Lavender Lake." And yet from the late 19th century until the mid 20th century, the canal was a crucial link to Red Hook's port, with industry... More >>>