Nestled in New York City’s Brooklyn borough, you’ll find the beautiful neighborhood of Carroll Gardens. It occupies approximately 40 blocks, or slightly less than 0.25 square miles. It is primarily an upper-middle-class neighborhood with an incredible history.
What’s in a Name
Until the 1960’s, Carroll Gardens was considered to be a part of Red Hook, the neighborhood to the south. It was renamed for Charles Carroll, the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. The name is also reflective of the neighborhood’s general aesthetic. Many brownstones are known for heir large gardens at the front of the properties.
Carroll Gardens of the Past
The area was originally home to Irish immigrants in the 19th century, then became a more Italian neighborhood in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Since the late 1990s, French immigration has been seen in the neighborhood, as well. In fact, Bastille Day is still held on July 14th every year locally.
In 1973, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission created the Carroll Gardens Historic District, but the district’s development began in the 1870s. This area is very close to Carroll Park, featuring some of the neighborhood’s best brownstone properties.
Where to Go
For Carroll Gardens natives and visitors alike, there are a plethora of attractions to keep you busy.
If you’re searching for a bite to eat, you’ll have more options than you know what to do with. From Italian to German to American styles, there is something to suit every palette. If you only have time for a quick bite, there are also various cafes and small eateries.
For the avid shoppers out there, you’ll love the eclectic shops that Carroll Gardens has to offer. Most stores can be found on Court Street, where you can find anything from records to antiques to home items.
Anyone who has ever seen the 1987 film Moonstruck might recognize the Carroll Gardens neighborhood from the scene where Cher and Nicholas Cage’s characters met on Henry Street at the Cammareri Brothers Bakery.
Carroll Gardens is a growing area. Many historic churches have been converted to condominium apartments. East River Partners developed an existing brownstone on Union Street into a beautiful five-unit condominium apartment.
If you’re looking for a small town feel in the city, Carroll Gardens is the place to go. It’s truly one of New York City’s gems.