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New York City Housing Authority, Gowanus Houses
211 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
The Gowanus Houses is a 14-building public housing project that sits alongside the Gowanus Canal, just two blocksMore from the main drag of Smith Street. The complex, which houses an estimated 2,836 residents, features buildings of all different sizes and heights, as well as common areas and playgrounds. There is also a community center on site that serves meals to elderly members of the community.
Proteus Gowanus
543 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Proteus Gowanus is an art gallery and reading room named after the Greek sea god of change, Proteus. In addition toMore exhibitions, it also hosts a number of interdisciplinary projects-in-residence and ongoing events, such as the Fixer's Collective, Writhing Society, Observatory and Morbid Anatomy. There also is a study hall that people can join, allowing them to use the galleries and reading rooms for quiet study and work. Proteus Gowanus also has a shop that sells jewelry, educational blocks, books, artifacts and bicycle vests.
Gowanus Arts Building
295 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Originally a soap factory, the Gowanus Arts Building offers a space for dancers, actors, musicians, and visualMore artists to work.  This 15,000 square foot facility houses a recording studio, an architectural firm, and the Spoke the Hub rehearsal and performance area.
Gowanus Pharmacy
236 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
The Gowanus Pharmacy is a well-stocked prescription pharmacy on Hoyt Street. The shop sells a selection of first aidMore products, over-the-counter medicine and beauty and home supplies. Customers can also make photocopies.