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Living in Cobble Hill

Sandwiched between Carroll Gardens and Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill has its own distinct personality. A sizeable population of French expats, cobblestone streets and charming wine bars lend it an old-world atmosphere. Independent boutiques and trendy cocktail bars line Court Street, and Cobble Hill Park is a small yet perfectly formed square of greenery. The main commercial arteries of Atlantic Avenue and Court Street deliver a wealth of diverse and interesting businesses. Off the main drag, life is quiet and serene in Cobble Hill. Neighbors gather in shared backyards or front stoops in good weather, and the sidewalks feature mature trees swaying in the river breezes.

Cobble Hill real estate

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A high percentage of the neighborhood falls within the boundaries of the Cobble Hill Historic District, established in 1969. This covers the area from Atlantic Avenue to Degraw Street, and from Court to Hicks Street. Within this protected area, houses retain quaint front porches, street-front parking, and Greek Revival details. The market for these elegant brownstones is competitive. Most properties have modern fixtures, though their façades belong to another century. Floor-through brownstones and single-family townhouses alike may include verdant backyards to enjoy. Brooklyn Heights apartments are also available in new high-rise buildings outside of the historic district. You'll find newer units along Strong Place or Hicks Street, with apartments in a range of sizes and flexible price points.

Cobble Hill history

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A cozy atmosphere pervades Cobble Hill's quiet streets and family-operated retail outlets. Yet the neighborhood has experienced a turbulent past at times. Originally settled by Dutch farmers in the 1640s, it was first called 'Ponkiesbergh' when it was nothing more than a pasture. Cobble Hill gained significance during wartime eras. The Cobble Hill Fort played an important role during the American Revolution, providing General Washington the sightlines he needed during the Battle of Long Island. Cobble Hill was once again fortified during the War of 1812 due to its strategic position. After the War of 1812, life calmed down for Cobble Hill residents. When the ferry service connecting the Brooklyn waterfront to Lower Manhattan began operating in the 1830s, the area grew as a residential enclave. Italian dockworkers mixed with Middle Eastern immigrants and city professionals in the 20th century. Today, Cobble Hill's historic townhouses are some of Brooklyn's most desirable.

Cobble Hill restaurants

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Relaxed and intimate, restaurants dot the leafy thoroughfares of Cobble Hill. Many of these have an international focus. Sate your Spanish cravings at La Vara, run by husband-and-wife team Alexandra Raij and Eder Montero. The menu focuses on the Jewish and Moorish influences in Spanish cuisine, resulting in dishes that are exceptionally bold and authentic. Those in search of freshly made tofu and sushi can venture to Hibino, which specializes in small plates and simple yet elegant sashimi presentations. On date night, residents visit Henry Public for Southern-tinged down-home cooking like baked macaroni and oysters on the half shell. With bookshelves and vintage knickknacks, the old-school décor evokes a classy, romantic library. Court Street is home to numerous burger restaurants, giving diners both upscale and relaxed options to choose from.

Cobble Hill nightlife

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Awarded a People's Choice Award in 2015 for its briny 'Pitted Queen' Bloody Mary, Congress Bar epitomizes the neighborhood's sophisticated nightlife scene. This Court Street hangout features classic cocktails and small batch bourbon in a vintage-inspired setting. Cobble Hill bars tend to be mellow, with drink menus on the artisanal side. Newer venues crop up frequently along Court Street, and you’ll find old-timers like The Long Island Bar on Atlantic Avenue. Family-run for over 50 years, the bar saw restoration by new owners in 2013. It now maintains a full selection of modern microbrews in an authentically mid-century setting.

Cobble Hill shopping

Court Street is Cobble Hill’s main shopping destination. Old-fashioned barber shops and mom-and-pop operations sit next to trendy new home stores. Staubitz Market is the go-to destination for chefs and home cooks alike, with its high-quality meat, cheese and charcuterie. Established in 1917, the market's staffed by knowledgeable foodies who will provide you with the perfect custom cut of grass-fed lamb. The fashion-forward set flock to Néda Boutique for independent and local designer clothing. Proprietor Néda Meier-Zebrowski has run the shop for over a decade as a labor of love. Vintage shopping is a popular pastime in Brooklyn, and consignment shops provide secondhand treasures to peruse. Literary types won’t want to miss a visit to BookCourt, known for its readings and book clubs. It’s been a Court Street gathering place for decades. Atlantic Avenue is another area to explore, featuring one of the city’s largest selections of Middle Eastern shops.

Cobble Hill attractions

A patch of green nestled into the heart of the neighborhood, Cobble Hill Park is a calming oasis for residents. Formally dedicated in 1965, it reopened in 1989 with a new, award-winning design. Today’s park features a geometric pattern, which utilizes 19th-century building materials to blend in harmoniously with Cobble Hill’s Greek Revival architecture. This includes granite columns, blue stone and herringbone-patterned pathways. A children’s playground, a garden and benches round out its graceful amenities. Cobble Hill Cinemas is the ideal destination for low-key entertainment. This historic theater has been completely refurbished and now has five screens. It showcases first-run blockbusters as well as art-house, independent and cult favorite movies.

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."
Chris DiChiaro
Chris                DiChiaro

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