Carroll Gardens is a Brooklyn neighborhood named after Charles Carroll, the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. It shares its northern boundary with Cobble Hill at Degraw Street and Boerum Hill at Warren Street, while extending south to Hamilton Avenue and Red Hook.
A long-standing Brooklyn neighborhood of family-run stores, Carroll Gardens is now filled with boutiques, cafes and antique shops. Prior to the mid-1960s, this part of South Brooklyn was considered by residents to be part of Red Hook. Since the building of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Gowanus Expressway in the late 1940s, the area now known as Carroll Gardens took on a separate and distinct character of its own.
Carroll Gardens has several new condos to offer, though many potential residents are equally drawn by the abundance of historic townhouses for sale and for rent in the neighborhood. The Carroll Gardens Historic District, which includes some of the finest examples of Brooklyn brownstones with large front gardens, is bounded roughly by 3rd Place to the south, President Street to the north, Hoyt Street to the east and Smith Street to the west. Take a peek inside of these historic homes and find lovely details like lead-paned windows, fireplaces, original wood trim and high, sculptured ceilings.
Carroll Gardens is filled with neighborhood hangouts and charming specialty shops, including Caputo’s Fine Foods for fresh mozzarella, Court Pastry Shop for monster cannolis, and Van Horn Sandwich Shop for Southern-inspired fare like hush puppies and fried chicken. Olive’s Very Vintage on Court Street has an insane collection of '60s, '70s and '80s garb, and down the street, Yesterday’s News is packed with antiques and collectibles that usually spill out onto the sidewalk to the corner of the block. Carroll Park is a block-long area of playgrounds, walkways and sitting areas between Court and Smith Streets, with Carroll Street as its southern boundary and President Street on the northern side. It was constructed in the late 19th century and is the third-oldest park in Brooklyn. In addition to its delightful greenery, this coveted landmark also has concerts for kids and grown ups, movie nights, and a bocce court.
Located across the street from Carroll Park, the Carroll Gardens Farmer’s Market is a favorite destination of neighbors, families, tourists and Sunday brunch goers alike. During the spring and summer, you will find fresh cut flowers, regionally grown produce, award-winning goat cheese and grass fed beef, as well as cooking demonstrations by local restaurants and a textile-recycling booth.