On average, listings lease in the $50's per square foot per year. The Gowanus submarket is going through a an increase in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate rose $9 per sqft per year. That's a 20% increase in rent.
Compared to the rest of the New York City market, the Gowanus region has lower rates, so you should have no trouble finding a great deal in this depreciated region.
In the last 90 days, 13 listings have been made available, which means office spaces might be going fast. You'll want to be prepared to tour spaces as quick as possible. About 23% of the office spaces 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 8,000 sqft, there are still 0 listings below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this area are around 2 stories. 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 area. Commute by taxi is the most popular way to get to work amongst Gowanus occupants. Commuting close to an hour a day is the norm for those who opt to reside in this part of town.