I was asked awhile ago to go on the Gowanus Boat tour and of course I said yes! It's not the most picturesque once you're in the canal but there's obviously great views leaving and approaching Manhattan.But it was very interesting and well, smelly.. But I'll take any opportunity to see a place rarely seen by the public. The Gowanus Canal is a canal in the borough of Brooklyn, on the westernmost portion of Long Island. The boat tour itself was put on by Open House New York. They are a non-profit cultural organization founded in 2001 in New York City, to promote awareness and appreciation of New York's architecture, design and cultural heritage through year-round, educational programs. They do a big weekend (Oct 17-18) tour of places in all the boroughs of New York City where you get to see inside buildings and areas not usually open to the public. Enjoy! normally open to the public.