Gowanus Framework: Key Strategies

The framework consists of proposed goals and strategies to make Gowanus a cleaner, greener, inclusive neighborhood that can serve as a model of sustainability for New York City and beyond. Stitched together, the tapestry of policies and proposals aim to support the evolution of Gowanus into an eco-neighborhood where existing and future residents and workers can live, work and play with a minimal carbon footprint and impacts on climate change. Key strategies include:

  • Promoting a more resilient future, where buildings and infrastructure are designed to manage flood risk today and into the future
  • Increasing public open space that is green and resilient along the Canal and capitalizing on opportunities to green public spaces throughout the area
  • Supporting new job-generating space and fostering a mix of uses within the neighborhood so residents can live, work, create, play and shop and all users can reach their destinations by walking and bicycling
  • Promoting new, denser housing that includes affordable housing and is accessible to public transit, which can help reduce energy use and our carbon footprint
  • Improving access to new jobs, training opportunities and other resources that support social, economic and environmental resiliency in the community
  • Improving mobility and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on streets and public areas
  • Planning for meeting the infrastructure and community resources needs of growing neighborhood

See the Land Use and Urban Form section.

The framework consists of proposed goals and strategies to make Gowanus a cleaner, greener, inclusive neighborhood that can serve as a model of sustainability for New York City and beyond. Stitched together, the tapestry of policies and proposals aim to support the evolution of Gowanus into an eco-neighborhood where existing and future residents and workers can live, work and play with a minimal carbon footprint and impacts on climate change. Key strategies include:

  • Promoting a more resilient future, where buildings and infrastructure are designed to manage flood risk today and into the future
  • Increasing public open space that is green and resilient along the Canal and capitalizing on opportunities to green public spaces throughout the area
  • Supporting new job-generating space and fostering a mix of uses within the neighborhood so residents can live, work, create, play and shop and all users can reach their destinations by walking and bicycling
  • Promoting new, denser housing that includes affordable housing and is accessible to public transit, which can help reduce energy use and our carbon footprint
  • Improving access to new jobs, training opportunities and other resources that support social, economic and environmental resiliency in the community
  • Improving mobility and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers on streets and public areas
  • Planning for meeting the infrastructure and community resources needs of growing neighborhood

See the Land Use and Urban Form section.