City Living: Carroll Gardens
If you want to live in Carroll Gardens, you'd better hurry. This Brownstone Brooklyn neighborhood is filling up fast.
Broker David Taylor reports that "Listings in Carroll Gardens don't stay on the market long. With great new cafes, restaurants and a beautiful park, it's a big draw. People come to walk around on a weekend and I get a call on Monday asking me to find them an apartment there."
The neighborhood has its own two-block historic district between President and Carroll, Smith and Hoyt streets. The blocks are lined with much-coveted Neo-Grec and Italianate townhouses built in the 1860s and 1880s with distinctive 30-foot front gardens.
A walk down Court or Smith streets tells the story: a shoemaker's shop with a dusty window display of umbrellas stuffed into an old wooden lard container sitting next to Seersucker, an uber-trendy cafe serving a sandwich of house-made pimento cheese with country ham on multigrain bread.
In the beginning of the 20th century, the neighborhood was populated mainly by the families of Italian immigrants (and some Irish) who came to New York to work as longshoremen on the nearby waterfront. Many of these families still remain.
--BY MAJORIE COHEN
The north, west and south boundaries of the neighborhood are easy enough to define--DeGraw Street, Hicks Street and Hamilton Avenue. It's the eastern boundary between Gowanus and Carroll Gardens that's a bit fuzzy --- Is it Bond, Hoyt, Smith? Depends on whom you ask. More »
F and G lines have a Carroll Street stop and the walk from the subway hub at Borough Hall is about 10 minutes. Buses crisscross the neighborhood; you can hail a yellow taxi on Clinton Street and bicycles are popular with bike lanes on Court, Clinton Smith and Ninth streets. More »
The popular Carroll Gardens branch, 396 Clinton Street, has its own fan club--Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library--which is ramping up the programming and events at the branch. Readings by Brooklyn authors are a favorite. More »
Residents need to go to the Red Hook P.O. More »
Part of the 76th Precinct, Carroll Gardens is consistently one of the lowest-crime neighborhoods in the borough. According to CompStat, the method used by the NYPD to measure crime, the crime rate in the 76th is down 77% from 1990 figures. More »