Heading back towards the canal brings us into the hood known as Gowanus. It goes from Baltic to 15th St with the Gowanus Expw (I-278) between 4th Ave and the Gowanus Canal. This hood is mostly residential though there are some commercial part of it. It was first in 1636, that this area became settled by Dutch Farmers in what was then the Gowanus Hills. In 1776, American troops were known to retreat here by going through Gowanus Creek. In 1869, the creek was dredged and made into a canal by the US Army Corps of Engineers. As a result it made the area into a major port for industry. In 1898, the Brooklyn Atlantics, later on the Dodgers, played their home games at the new Washington Park until they left for Ebbets Field in 1913. Around this time, Gowanus had recieved immigrants from Germany, Italy, and Ireland who built bronwstones to live in. Gowanus turnned more commercial durring the 1950's as the Gowanus Expwy was being built. In recent years, Gowanus has been getting its own identity, though many still consider it part of Park Slope. There are still a number of city operations that are located here. It is home to the NY Urban Divers who are know to use the canal. You can get here by taking the subway to 4th Ave-9th St (F, M, R). Here is what you will find in Gowanus.