Cobble Hill comprises the romanticized Brooklyn that enchants our popular imagination. It’s the “Co” in "BoCoCa," the acronym sometimes used to group it into a contiguous unit with adjacent Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens. While the three certainly share similarities, the feel here is markedly distinct. Historically, the area developed as a rural extension of Brooklyn Heights, a mostly-residential neighborhood that evolved both as a steamboat suburb of old New York and a central locale within Brooklyn, then an independent city fueled economically by nearby manufacturing and in serving the commercial hub for Long Island’s agricultural bounty. Today, you'll find it to be a prim, approachable corner of town with a well-balanced mix of exploits for work and play: ample parks, hidden alleys, exciting eateries, and stunning townhouses on leafy low-rise streets—many are named for families who settled here in the 18th and 19th centuries, and a few even remain, appropriately, cobblestone. The Bergen F stop offers the closest subway service, with additional lines just a few blocks up at Borough Hall station.