Commerce & Culture
For a small neighborhood, Carroll Gardens can boast that it has three busy commercial streets. One of the best-known restaurant rows of Brooklyn, Smith Street, runs near its eastern edge. Court Street, which is a major thoroughfare of both Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, has not only old-school restaurants that have been open for generations, but also others that arrived with the wave of gentrification that began in earnest in the 1990s. Union Street, which runs perpendicular to Court and Smith, is more of a mix of residential and commercial, but a few local favorites can be found on Union or just off of it. If you are exploring Carroll Gardens, visit some of the businesses that maintain the area’s Italian-American flavor, like Mazzola Bakery (satisfying customers with its famous lard bread since 1928), Lucali (Beyonce is a fan of the brick-oven pizza), and Fragole (serving Italian comfort-food favorites).