With its eclectic restaurants, outstanding schools, and beautiful brownstone buildings, the long-standing neighborhood of Carroll Gardens is a must see for families, artistic types, and professionals of any age.
Smith Street, a Brooklyn hotspot for nightlife and established eateries, borders the neighborhood to the East providing exciting contrast to the rather quiet ambience that Carroll Gardens otherwise maintains.
A strong Italian influence contributes to the cultural feel of the neighborhood, offering unique and highly renowned dining from resident restaurateurs. Lucali, a pizzeria whose regulars include Jay-Z and Beyoncé, is one such restaurant that attracts foodies from across the nation, but still remains a cozy family-owned establishment.
One of the most notable features of the area is the Carroll Gardens Historic District. The set back style of the houses gives residences the opportunity to cultivate magnificent front gardens unlike anywhere else in New York City.
The neighborhood borders Cobble Hill, Boreum Hill and Red Hook, and its boundaries are approximately at Degraw Street, Smith Street, and the Gowanus Expressway. It is named for Charles Carroll, who led troops in the Revolutionary War. Carroll Gardens is anchored by Carroll Park, a block-long green space that draws neighbors to its playgrounds, walkways and open spaces. Brownstone-lined streets fill the area, and blocks are known for their atypical large front gardens, with homes set farther back from the street, which gives residents the opportunity to create beautifully landscaped yards.
Carroll Gardens has a history as an Italian-American neighborhood, and this is evident in some of the small shops and delis that still remain in the area. Previously, the neighborhood’s primary residents were Irish Americans and, in the mid-19th century, Norwegian Americans. Now, the neighborhood is populated with professionals and families who are drawn to the area’s vintage buildings interspersed with new construction, restaurants, shops, and nightlife, good schools, and plentiful outdoor activities—in addition to Carroll Park the Columbia Waterfront District, Red Hook Recreational Area, Prospect Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park are all within walking distance on nice days.
Smith Street and Court Street are the neighborhood’s main commercial hubs, but small shops and cafes are tucked in on picturesque side streets. The restaurant scene is among the borough’s most popular and ever-growing—restaurants are as likely to be busy with people who traveled across the city for dinner as they are to be filled with neighborhood residents. Among the noteworthy restaurants are new American places Buttermilk Channel and the Jakewalk, unique twists on classics at Frankies 457 and Prime Meats, pizza spot Lucali, which draws patrons from across the country, and much more. For dessert stop by the Van Leeuwen ice cream shop, which is the brick-and-mortar store that began as a popular food truck, or the old-fashioned soda fountain Brooklyn Farmacy, making new versions of classic treats—plus egg creams.
The F train is Carroll Gardens’ main subway artery, and it stops at Carroll Street and Smith/9th Streets.
Local Subway Stops
- G F Carroll St
The Top No-Fee Buildings
|Building Address||No-Fee Apts|
|329 Union Street||11|
|329 Union Street||3|
|83 2 Place||3|
|83 2 Place||2|
|453 Court Street||2|
|329 Union Street||2|
Carroll Gardens Statistics
- 31% Brownstone
- 16% Townhouse
- 15% Pre War
- 14% Walk-Up
- 6% New Building