Explore the Gowanus

four & twenty blackbirds!

As the arts community grows in the Gowanus, so too have the work spaces, like Makeville Studio, Brooklyn Brainery, The Gowanus Studio Space, and The OA Can Factory (swing by one Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., for the craft and farmers market). Multipurpose music venues (Bklyn Yard, Littlefield, and The Bell House) service the area at night, but now bars, bakeries, and brew shops are opening to appease the hungry artistes. Spend a day exploring what’s new.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds
A pie shop owned by sisters Emily and Melissa Elsen. Get seasonally flavored sweet and savory pies by the slice or by custom order, and enjoy rotating daily special breakfast pastries, quiches, and sandwiches.
Why: Lavender-blueberry and apple-pear with rosewater pies, Irving Farm organic coffee roasted upstate, and still-cool-looking New Breukelen decor (including a gorgeous hand-painted rug).
When: Opened Fri. Tues.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 439 Third Ave., at 8th St. (718-499-2917).

Mission Dolores
A raw industrial space (reclaimed wood, tin ceilings) from the owners of Carroll Gardens’s Bar Great Harry features twenty beers on draft, mostly U.S. made.
Why: A massive open courtyard, Red Hook-made DUB pies, and pinball.
When: Opened Apr. 1. Daily, 2 p.m.-4 a.m.
Where: 249 Fourth Ave., b/t Carroll & President Sts.


New laid-back bar from the owners of Abilene has a dozen beers on tap and church pews for seating.
Why: A backyard, daily happy hours, and sandwiches and quiche from local Luscious Foods.
When: Opened Apr. 3. Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m.-4 a.m.; Mon.-Thurs., 5 p.m.-4 a.m.; Fri., 4 p.m.-4 a.m.
Where: 543 Third Ave., b/t 13th & 14th Sts. (347-463-9458).

Brooklyn Homebrew
What: Husband and wife Benjamin Stutz and Danielle Cefaro are professionally trained chefs who love beer and sell all the supplies and ingredients you need to make wine and beer at home.
Why: They’ve just formed Brooklyn Rot, a fermentation club held the first Wed. of every month. Go to Bierkraft on May 5 for a sampling of local cheese, kimchi, kombucha, and other fermented products.
When: Opened in Jan. Tues.-Sat., noon-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 163 8th St., at Third Ave. (718-369-0776).

Younger than I’ll Be
We can’t yet vouch for Spektre, a new gallery on this burgeoning Third Ave. strip, but this show, curated by Dossier’s Skye Parrott, is a slam-dunk love letter to NYC as it was in the ’80s and early ’90s.
Why: Works by Weegee, Nan Goldin, and Larry Clark.
When: Thru May 23.
Where: BAM, Natman Room, Peter Jay Sharp Bldg., 30 Lafayette Ave., b/t Ashland Pl. & St. Felix St., Fort Greene.

Photo: Courtesy of Four & Twenty Blackbirds 

543 3rd Ave
bt 13th & 14th Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11215
439 3rd Ave
@ 8th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
30 Lafayette Ave
bt Ashland Pl & Felix St
Brooklyn, NY 11243
249 4th Ave
bt Carroll & President Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Brooklyn Homebrew
163 8th St
@ 3rd Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215