By Denise Oliveira
If you still think Gowanus is nothing but a polluted canal that’s been designated as an environmental disaster, you are way behind the times. Gowanus is a Brooklyn neighborhood bordering Park Slope that’s offering an increasing number of fabulous dining and shopping options. Today we’re bringing you a tour of a few great finds in a single block of Gowanus: 3rd Avenue between President and Carroll Street.
Runner & Stone is a bakery and restaurant that’s become a popular brunch spot. Besides having an extensive dine-in menu, they also offer breads and pastries to go. You can come at night and get a romantic table for two, or stop in for lunch and order something lighter at the bar. You might also want to pick up a few croissants to go.
The Pines offers an upscale dining room, as well as a casual backyard with options from the grill, and do-it-yourself S’mores. The backyard is open from 6 to 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and from 3 to 10 pm on Sundays. A lot of the herbs used in the restaurant are grown on location. Come prepared to make friends, because the communal tables outside are for sharing.
Littleneck is a restaurant well known for its clams at $12 a dozen, but you can also order anything from chicken ‘n waffles, to burgers, to glazed Polish bacon. One of their signature cocktails is the Red Headed Stranger, feature a ginger beer. They’re cash only, but there’s an ATM on location.
This block isn’t just for eating. At Le Petit Chandelier, haircuts for men and women start at $43, and a keratin anti-frizz treatment starts at $200. The salon takes appointments and walk-ins. Plan on getting your nails and waxing done elsewhere, though, as Le Petit Chandelier specializes in hair only.
Twig is a store where you can buy “moss terrariums and other small worlds,” which requires a visit so you can fully grasp the concept. For the uninitiated, a terrarium is basically a collection of small plants growing in a transparent container. At Twig, yours can be populated with miniature plastic fishermen, or zombies, for instance (the Zombie-arium sells for $145).
Jeté Dance Center offers classes to kids ages 3 and up, including summer programs and birthday parties. It’s not just for children, though. If you’re engaged and need to get wedding-ready, they’ll teach you to dance before you tie the knot.
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I just love this blog post about happenings in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Enjoy.
I’ve been meaning to visit Twig. Your pictures are great. Our neighborhood is charming and beautiful, in spite of it’s “toxic” reputation. I appreciate that you recognize the beauty of Gowanus and write about it. Lovely post!