Gowanus, where our studio is, used to be a no man's land between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens. Migratory birds stopped off at the toxic wetlands opposite our building. Now a flagship Whole Foods Store sits on the site and the entire area was Superfunded a few years back. I saw swans in the Gowanus Canal last weekend.
There is a 600 unit apartment complex being built a few blocks away (there goes my downtown Manhattan view). The positive side is that now I see so many families out for strolls, enjoying the urban scenery, the graffiti and grittiness, while still being able to pick up some organic milk.
TIP: hot playdate for little kids is the last row of parking in the Whole Foods parking lot. Grab your lunch then spend a happy hour watching the balletic performance by excavators and front end loaders at the metal crushers on the opposite side of the canal.