The event has grown immensely -- from 150 participating artists to 350 in just the last five years -- and become more integrated within the community.
The Gowanus Alliance wants to dust off the iconic Kentile sign and display it in a playground in Gowanus.
The iconic Kentile Floors sign, a cherished part of the Brooklyn skyline for decades until it was removed in 2014, lives on in the form of a tattoo on the bicep of born-and-bred Brooklynite Emory Campbell.
In some parts of the world, maybe, the word “work” conjures up images of business suits in a dreary commute to do 9 to 5 at cookie cutter cubicles in a drab office.
This, however, is Brooklyn, where we work at creative and innovative jobs, and demand office spaces to match.
The new Coworkrs Gowanus space is a great example. As with other successful Coworkrs spaces in Flatiron and the Financial District, the Gowanus location offers freelancers and small businesses a light-filled, airy coworking space, with open common areas, conference rooms, and kitchens that put most office break rooms to shame.
But what really makes this space special is its carefully thought-out design. We talked to some of the architects and artists that worked together to give this converted warehouse its unique look, and make Coworkrs Gowanus an ideal HQ for creatives and entrepreneurs of all stripes.
Exposed cinder block walls aren’t something the typical house-proud Brooklynite brags about. But the Gowanus pad of architect Philippe Baumann elevates common things — cement, weeds, cinder block — into elegant contemporary design.
Gowanus is giving Red Hook a run for its money as the upscale barbecue capital of Brooklyn.
The Kentile Floors sign lives on below the skyline this Friday as its letter K makes a solo appearance in Gowanus.
The owners of this late-19th-century two-story wood-frame were ready to abandon their dream of adding square footage, after the first architect they consulted produced a design that would have been way beyond their budget.
But then they were introduced to Thomas Warnke, whose pared-down philosophy enabled the job to go forward at a price the couple could swallow. “I prefer clean and simple lines, not too many competing ideas in one project,” said Warnke, originally from Germany, who established his Brooklyn-based design practice, space4a, in 2007.
Gowanus’ long-lived eyesore is no more — the landmarked Coignet Stone building at 360 3rd Avenue has had quite the facelift, and now its once crumbling facade gleams nearly as white as the adjacent Whole Foods’ exterior signage.
Coignet Building before Whole Foods was built next door
Perhaps nowhere is nature’s resilience so impressive as in Gowanus, where, despite centuries of human pollution, life still finds a way.