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Living in Carroll Gardens

Carroll Gardens offers residents a taste of vintage New York. The Brooklyn borough is bounded by Degraw Street on the north, Hamilton Avenue on the south, Hicks Street on the west and Smith Street on the east. Within these confines are the brilliant gardens that give the neighborhood its name.

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As you stroll along Second Place, you'll spot gardens in bloom against a backdrop of well-kept row houses with ornate, wrought-iron detailing. From colorful blossoms and thick, verdant plants to fresh herbs, these oases showcase the talents of the neighborhood's talented green thumbs. Interspersed among the foliage and flowers are exquisite birdbaths and statues.

The energy on Smith Street is palpable, thanks to its seemingly countless restaurants, bars and shops. Housed primarily in low-rise brick properties, the businesses here are a mixed bag: Cheap eats mingle with upscale restaurants; trendy art galleries share sidewalk space with grocers dating back decades.

Carroll Gardens real estate

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Under half an hour from Manhattan, Carroll Gardens homes for sale are highly desirable for their location. But it's also their convenience the area is served by the F and G lines at Carroll Street and proximity to local landmarks that makes the neighborhood such a draw.

Brownstones fill the residential streets, many of which are fronted by charming, colorful gardens. These vintage homes are interspersed with modern condos in Carroll Gardens that are packed with high-tech amenities and upscale details. Many contemporary Carroll Gardens luxury apartments are set in converted spaces, like warehouses and jute mills.

Carroll Gardens history

In the 19th century, city surveyor Richard Butts created a neighborhood plan featuring oversized front yards known as setbacks. These deep, 30-foot gardens created a colorful separation between the street and the home, and added an eye-catching, elegant quality to the area. The homes on First, Second, Third and Fourth places, along with those on Carroll and President streets, feature the greatest number of these old gardens. The latter two are even protected by the Carroll Gardens Historic District. Architectural styles, including Italianate, are representative of the popular designs of the period. Italian immigrants migrated to the area in droves during the early 20th century, with many arriving to work on the New York waterfront.

Carroll Gardens restaurants

Since 1948, family-owned D'Amico Coffee Roasters has roasted small batches of coffee more than 100 blends, to be precise. The establishment is cozy, with a distinctive tin ceiling and a mosaic-tile floor, and its menu includes sandwiches and light bites. Another family-run staple is Esposito & Sons Jersey Pork Store. Founded in 1922, it is fronted by an oversized ceramic pig that cheekily hints at some the menu's most popular dishes, including prosciutto balls and cold cut platters.

For a taste of Italy, head to Lucali; the pizza-only menu here is said to be a favorite of Jay-Z and Beyonce, which might explain its regular wall-to-wall crowds. Frankies Spuntino is another Italian favorite; since 2004, the restaurant has served locals authentic dishes sourced from Frankie's family recipes dating back for centuries.

La Cigogne is similarly popular thanks to its creative Alsatian dishes, ranging from omelets stuffed with Gruyère and ratatouille to beef goulash topped with prunes and olives. Its cozy fireplace makes it a prime date-night spot. Another hot spot is Nightingale Nine, a chic restaurant helmed by Chef Rob Newton. His travels throughout Asia inspired an eclectic menu of Vietnamese dishes.

With only 12 seats, the modern Take Root feels delightfully welcoming as soon as you set foot inside. It's run by a staff of two and is open from Thursday through Saturday. If you're feeling nostalgic, a trip to Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain may be the cure. It opened in 2010 and captures a remarkably old-world feel with its charming menu of ice cream floats, milkshakes and homestyle sandwiches.

Carroll Gardens attractions

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For more than 100 years, the Carroll Gardens Library has been one of the neighborhood's most beloved landmarks. It's a 14,000-square-foot property with a stately exterior and impressive vaulted ceilings. The area is also home to one of the oldest parks in Brooklyn. Carroll Park is named in honor of Charles Carroll, who fought in the American Revolution and signed the Declaration of Independence. Founded in 1853, the park is a social hub: movie nights and concerts are held here regularly, and there are playgrounds and bocce ball courts.

Carroll Gardens shopping

Specialty shops include kitschy boutiques featuring quirky clothes and accessories, along with funky markets hawking independent, handmade wares. There are also plenty of new businesses. One of the most beloved is Yesterday's News, a vintage store that is very much today's news thanks to its well-curated collection of treasures, ranging from quirky tchotchkes and furniture to jewelry.

Fashion lovers head to Madison Rose, a family-run boutique specializing in new and consignment maternity wear and clothing for kids. Neda Boutique, meanwhile, is a bright, intimate shop drenched with chandelier light and lined with racks of colorful clothes.

Shen Beauty is the area's go-to spot for those brands that fly a bit under the radar, including burgeoning organic companies and products imported from Europe and Asia. The inviting store has plush seating and is the ultimate boutique for those who love makeup.

Carroll Gardens nightlife

Its signage may read"non-members welcome," but Brooklyn Social is not a member-specific establishment. That air of exclusivity is evident, though, at first glance: the bar has all of the hallmarks one might expect of a social club: a pool table, warm lighting and an intimate space designed to encourage idle chitchat. Bartenders mix stylish cocktails with names like"Upstate" and"Brooklyn" as classic music beats in the background.

The understated Bar Great Harry is renowned for its happy hour, which begins at 4 p.m. and features a range of beers on tap. There's always something going on, from semi-private parties in the back room to rowdy pinball games on the bar's three machines.

Carroll Gardens

"There is nothing like growing up in a Carroll Gardens town home with family. I would not change it for the world! From johnny pumps to fire hydrants, or hand ball on the stoop to Carroll Park the evolution of Carroll Gardens continues to transcend. "
Victoria Bongiovi
Victoria             Bongiovi
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