Nearby: Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Brooklyn Heights
The Columbia Waterfront District is the smallest area of Brooklyn with the longest name. Columbia Waterfront District (formally known as Cobble Hill West or Carroll Gardens West) is bordered by Atlantic Ave (Brooklyn Heights) to the North; (Red Hook) to the South; and the East River to the West; the BQE/278 underpass (Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens) to the East.
Along the industrial piers lining the East River is a tiny sliver of a neighborhood with multi-family houses, community gardens, galleries, and new condominiums. The Columbia Waterfront District is a tiny area surrounded by three of the most historic, beautiful, and sought after areas in all of Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens). Columbia Waterfront District has excellent proximity to places like One Brooklyn Bridge Park, the BQE, the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel and is so close to Manhattan that it only takes a short walk or bike ride to reach the Brooklyn/Manhattan Bridges.
Assorted European dockworkers and a Norwegian maritime community hedged out settlers' descendants during the 19th century. In the 1920s, the Columbia Street district was a thriving center of Italian-American and, to a lesser degree, Puerto Rican community life. Interestingly, before the BQE cut Columbia Street off from the rest of the neighborhood, it was once the bustling center of "South Brooklyn”. This waterfront area has an industrial vibe that many people find appealing. Within the past decade a far more diverse collection of hipsters, artists and families have moved in.
The northern section of Columbia Street, between Degraw Street and Atlantic Avenue, has seen a 24 percent increase in population growth, which is one of the biggest increases anywhere in Brooklyn. This is due to the conversion of manufacturing buildings on Tiffany Place, Carroll Street and Columbia Street and with the addition of more apartment buildings being built along Hicks Street. Residents of the Columbia Waterfront District peer over industrial containers, monstrously elegant cranes and enjoy some of the best views of the city.
This is a neighborhood with a lot of pride - there are five community gardens and two local newspapers The Columbia Street News and The Red Hook Star Review. Other popular spots: Van Voorhees Park, Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, acclaimed restaurants Good Fork, Brooklyn Crab, Pok Pok NY, Alma, Lucali, Petite Crevette and close shopping at IKEA and Fairway.
There are about ten subway lines that run from the Columbia Waterfront District to Manhattan. The Bergen & Carroll St F/G stops are the closest. If you'd like to avoid the 10min walk to the subway there's always the B61 bus that travels down Columbia and can drop you off at the Jay St A/C/F/G Stop in Downtown Brooklyn (to the NE) or Fairway Supermarket or Ikea in Red Hook (to the SW).