Most listings are in the $40's per square foot per year. The Gowanus region is seeing a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $46 per sqft per year.
Compared to the rest of the New York City market, the Gowanus submarket has less expensive rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this undervalued submarket.
In the last 90 days, 13 listings have come on the market, which means new listings most likley are going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 54% of the available space in the Gowanus are subleases, so you might be able to sign a shorter term by taking over a previous 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 5,200 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most properties in this area are close to 2 stories. Most buildings in this market 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 folk. Commuting approximately an hour a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.