438 Union Street, #2
- 2 BEDS
- 1 BATHS
- BUILT 1899
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South of Cobble Hill and north of Red Hook, Carroll Gardens was long simply part of the latter neighborhood. Then the Gowanus Expressway opened in 1941 and the two areas diverged, though it wasn’t until the 1960s that the name Carroll Gardens was coined and took hold. The area’s history as part of Red Hook helps explain its demographics. In the late 19th century Italian-American dockworkers from Red Hook, and later from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, settled here. While today only about a quarter of the neighborhood is still Italian-American, restaurants, bakeries, and coffeeshops maintain the Italian feel of the neighborhood. Carroll Gardens is also known for the unusual shape of the lots on many streets, with houses having large front yards thanks to the original 1846 street plan for the development. Many of them are lush and green with plants, hence the “gardens” in the neighborhood’s name.Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Guide