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Industrial Lot to Dance Party Hotspot on a Superfun(d) Canal

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The sunning season is here, which means New York City's miles of waterfront will soon be alive with concerts, kayakers, and anyone trying to escape the sweltering concrete jungle. The beaches and rivers are nice, but sometimes you want something a little more intimate. Thus, we welcome you to the "Summer on the Gowanus," where we experience the superfun(d) canal in a whole new light. There's possibly no place better to do this than at the Gowanus Grove, a secluded patch of scraggly trees situated along the canal just past the Carroll Street Bridge.

Every Sunday this summer, the Grove transforms from a seemingly abandoned lot to a buzzing Brooklyn hotspot. Justin Carter, one of the masterminds behind DJ company Mister Saturday Night, started the parties five summers ago (the lot has gone by the BKLYN Yard and The Yard in the past), bringing local food, brews, and music canal side. Water laps placidly at the grassy banks, and a graffiti covered factory adds edge to the atmosphere. It's time to toss aside the notion that the Gowanus is a watery industrial wasteland and take advantage of everything this urban treasure has to offer.
· Gowanus Grove [official]