The Real Deal New York

Gowanus is on fast track to gentrification

The industrial Brooklyn neighborhood is seeing speedier sales and increased prices as buyers snap up land in the hopes of a rezoning

March 21, 2013 04:30PM
By Melissa Dehncke-McGill

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From left: Ruthanne Pigott, Justin Dower, Eileen Dolan, Jacob Tzfanya, Ken Freeman and Gina Castellano

From the March issue: Gowanus is the Williamsburg of 10 years ago. That’s according to one residential broker working in the gritty, up-and-coming industrial Brooklyn neighborhood.  But the area is clearly on the fast track to gentrification, with trendy stores and restaurants like Littleneck clam shack, Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue and the bakery Four & Twenty Blackbirds attracting attention, as well as new retailers like Whole Foods, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and, yes, the hipster-sounding 40,000-square-foot Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club gearing up to open. [more]