Some may know about the great battle between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens over the Gowanus area…
Once upon a time neither neighbor really wanted to polluted industrial area connected to their posh shopping areas and luxurious Brownstones, but now that Gowanus is the ‘it’ neighborhood everyone wants a piece of the Superfunding neighborhood.
Park Slope has been winning this battle in recent months with new places like Four and Twenty Blackbird listing its business in ‘Park Slope / Gowanus’. But the battle may have just shifted out of Carroll Gardens hands for good. On Curbed you can find a real estate listing west of Smith Street (Carroll Gardens pride & joy) on Huntington Street as being in “Gowanus”! This is not even what residents or even real estate people have referred to as ‘Gowanus’ (although established residents call all these neighborhoods South Brooklyn). Gowanus has boundaries has always been just outside of the Canal always…and we mean always stopping…stopping at Hoyt and only at the souther part, Smith. Carroll Gardens should be shocked by these turn of events, since it mean that their neighborhoods title is being erased by the polluted kid down the block.
We have decided to try and soothe Carroll Gardens’ fears of a hostel takeover by speaking on behalf of Gowanus neighborhood directly to the ‘Gardened’ neighborhood.
Dear Carroll G. aka Lady C.,
Although we have spent and spend a lot of time in your beautiful picturesque neighborhood, we find its perfectness to not fit our gritty personality. Here in the Gowanus we have enjoyed the lack of strollers, dirty streets, gruff independent artists, and of course boating on our infamous Canal. Your place is so wonderful to visit with its two long restaurant/boutique rows on Smith and Court, but it is not what we call our ‘home’. We hope that listings like the one below or from the New York Times will not effect our friendship or our continued weekend excursions to each others neighborhoods. Can we meet at a neutral place like Gowanus Yacht Club (which is in Carroll Gardens) for a pint and a chat? Well buy…and bring flowers!
Gowanus as expressed by GYFO”