On average, listings lease in the $60's per square foot per year. The Gowanus region is experiencing a a rise in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate went up $17 per sqft per year. That's a 37% increase 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 depreciated submarket.
In the last 90 days, 13 listings have come on the market, which means new availabilities most likley are leasing quickly. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 8% of the available space in the Gowanus are subleases, so you will probably have to consider a longer term lease. 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 3,500 sqft, there are still 0 spaces below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this area are around 2 floors. Most buildings in this area 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 market. Commute by taxi is the most popular way to get to work amongst Gowanus occupants. Commuting around an hour a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.