Events

Events

Upcoming Events

Residents of Gowanus Houses gather on a monthly basis to discuss programming for the newly reopened Gowanus Houses Community Center.


Brooklyn's Community Board 6 holds their monthly Full Board meeting at Van Alen Institute. Open to the public.


Residents of Gowanus Houses gather on a monthly basis to discuss programming for the newly reopened Gowanus Houses Community Center.


Brooklyn's Community Board 6 holds their monthly Full Board meeting at Van Alen Institute. Open to the public.


Past Events

December 16, 2023

GLOwanus Giveaway

GLOwanus is a public art project designed to inform Gowanus residents about water quality in the Gowanus Canal. Join us in December for the official launch of the newly-designed GLOwanus light at our neighborhood giveaway event.

Get a free GLOwanus light to display in your home, office, or business. The GLOwanus team will also lead a discussion about water conditions in the Canal and ongoing government-led clean up actions. Hear and share ideas for improving water quality in Gowanus and holding public officials accountable in the future.

Learn more and RSVP for free!


Humorist and four-time Emmy Award-winner Randy Cohen joins us again to host his live podcast, an interview show based on the idea that people are most engaging when they speak not about themselves, but something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers.

We're delighted to welcome Person Place Thing back to Van Alen Institute with guest speaker Kia Weatherspoon, interior designer and design justice advocate.

Learn more and get tickets!


September 30, 2023

Van Alen Block Party 2023

Free and open to the public, our annual Van Alen Block Party is a celebration of all things Gowanus — the vibrant, dynamic, and creative neighborhood we call home. Join us for an afternoon of music, performance, and family-friendly crafts and games.

Saturday, September 30, 1–6 pm
Bond Street between Union & Sackett, Brooklyn


See the full schedule!


Join us for this special film screening and conversation with filmmaker Kate Levy.

In 2022, Kate Levy documented the work of our Neighborhoods Now teams as they enlivened and programmed public space, provided support to small businesses, and envisioned thriving futures for their neighborhoods. Her series of short films captures a critical moment of recovery from the pandemic in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.

Get tickets


Humorist and four-time Emmy Award-winner Randy Cohen joins us again to host his live podcast, an interview show based on the idea that people are most engaging when they speak not about themselves, but something they care about. Guests talk about one person, one place, and one thing that are important to them. The result? Surprising stories from great talkers.

We're delighted to welcome Person Place Thing back to Van Alen Institute with guest speaker Sreoshy Banerjea, Executive Director of the NYC Public Design Commission.

Learn more and get tickets!

Bond Street Bash, May 12, 2022. Photo: Cameron Blaylock