Carroll Gardens is bounded by Degraw Street on the north , the Gowanus Canal on the east, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on the west and south.
The area is named for the Revolutionary War veteran Charles Carroll, the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. This neighborhood was originally settled by Italian then Irish immigrants in the early 19th century. Thanks to the 1987 film Moonstruck, this area of Brooklyn has been perceived as predominantly Italian. Modern day Carroll Gardens is a mix of ethnicities from all backgrounds along with a heaping dose of well-heeled professionals seeking the good life in the beautiful brownstones.
The oldest homes in Carroll Gardens are set back a few dozen feet from the street to allow for large front gardens which created unusually large and welcoming front yards for its townhouses. These buildings are unique and highly sought after making the "Gardens" just what it is.
Carroll Park, runs from Court to Smith Streets, Brooklyn’s third-oldest park. In addition to its welcome greenery, this Carroll Gardens park has picnic tables and two Bocce courts. It was constructed in the late 19th century and is also named after Charles Carroll. In the 70's some 150 buildings along Carroll and President Streets were put in a landmark district.
By all accounts, this pocket of New York has a lot going for it. Smith Street, Brooklyn's "Restaurant Row", cuts through the neighborhood's heart and an endless procession of shops, boutiques and nightspots have made the area a destination for Manhattanites. Local favorites: Buttermilk Channel, Court Pastry Shop, Mazzola Bakery, Prime Meats and Frankies 457.
With charming Italianate brownstones, new condominium projects and great rental buildings, it has become quite clear why this happening locality has caught the eyes of so many savvy buyers.
Carroll Gardens is served by the F/G train lines at Carroll Street and Smith Street, or the newly reopened station at Smith and 9th Streets.