Most listings are in the $50's per square foot per year. The Gowanus submarket is seeing a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $9 per sqft per year. That's a 20% rise in rent.
Compared to the rest of the New York City market, the Gowanus region has smaller rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued submarket.
In the last 90 days, 13 listings have been posted online, which means new availabilities most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 15% of the listings in the Gowanus are subleases, so you might be able to find a shorter term or below market rent. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet posted, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 8,000 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this market are close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this region were built in 1931 and are Class B.
Not much of the real estate is used for commercial space, so it might be hard to find office space. Utilities is the dominant industry in this region. Commute by taxi is the most popular way to get to work amongst Gowanus folk. Commuting approximately an hour a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.