Cobble Hill Commerce & Culture
Atlantic Avenue, called “Brooklyn’s Main Street,” forms the north edge of Cobble Hill’s business district, which gives way to Brooklyn Heights two of the four lanes across. The main drag however is unquestionably Court Street, which runs beside Smith (the latter technically falls in Boerum Hill) with a vibrant array of shops, cafes, and eateries. Despite their close proximity to each other, both stretches have a zeitgeist all their own: Court skews towards a curated antiques and natural wine bar vibe, while Smith goes more in on bookstores, chain retail, and craft beer taprooms. Both carry through Carroll Gardens right up to Red Hook, meaning there’s always somewhere new to try. Between them lie quintessential brownstone blocks, offering residents an enviable degree of convenience. While the narrower north-south streets lean less commercial, those quiet corners along Clinton and Hicks hide hidden gems in-the-know foodies flock to.