Cobble Hill was Ponkiesbergh
"Cobble Hill (or Ponkiesbergh as it was first called) was originally settled during the 1640s by Dutch farmers. The name “Cobble Hill”, according to various sources, came from the large amount of cobble stones being disposed in the site."
Even though Cobble Hill is in Northwest Brooklyn, don’t be surprised if you hear old-timers call this neighborhood of serene brownstones “South Brooklyn” — because Cobble Hill was once south of the city of Brooklyn, where Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn are today. In fact, Cobble Hill’s one-way streets, bluestone sidewalks, and turn-of-the-century buildings, now mostly co-ops, give you the sensation of having slipped back a century or two. Apartments are often brownstone floor-throughs, many with renovated baths and kitchens.
Cobble Hill area is separated from Red Hook by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, though condos and rowhouses on the dividing line are sometimes called “Cobble Hill West.” Cooks from throughout Brooklyn make pilgrimages to Staubitz Market, often voted “the best butcher shop in Brooklyn.” The Cobble Hill feel in general is very mom-and-pop, with specialties for sale that no one else quite seems to have. If you love to read, check out Bookcourt, Cobble Hill’s indie-bookstore-with-a-cat kind of bookshop. For recreation, you can also take in a movie at the Cobble Hill cinemas on Court Street, a theater which shows a mix of art-house flicks and current blockbusters. Fans of greenery should head over to Cobble Hill Park (known to Cobble Hill locals as Verandah Park, after the street it sits on) which plays host to free concerts in the summer.
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