Located in the northwestern part of Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens is home to large residential front gardens and historic brownstones in the area. It is named after Charles Carroll, the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence who helped defend the Old Stone House in Gowanus during the Battle of Brooklyn.
The “gardens” of the neighborhood refer to the spacious front of residential brownstones throughout the neighborhood that once displayed Catholic ornaments. Near to Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens takes its place of the ‘Ca’ derivative in the linguistic blending of BoCoCa.
As Brooklyn’s third-oldest park, Carroll Park is the perfect place to enjoy New York City’s weather. The park has unique features including a WWI Memorial, a bocce ball court and multiple playgrounds. The park is also home to Smith Street Stage where you can catch a free show produced by local actors.
One of the best ways to experience the neighborhood is to stroll along the side streets of the area. Take a look at the neighborhood’s heritage by visiting the Van Westerhout Cittadini Molesi Social Club’s Madonna Addolorata on Court Street. The shrine is home to a Madonna statue which is symbolic to the local Catholic community.
Leading from other surrounding BoCoCa areas, Court Street offers a mix of retail and indie shops. Antique collectors can appreciate the selection of Yesterday’s News vintage furniture.
Music lovers can find the perfect record by peeking through Black Gold Records’ antique record selection. The record store is also a coffee shop, and serves up New Orleans-style cold brew coffee to complement your happy hunt for music.
Home to classic food and hip restaurants, Carroll Gardens does not disappoint with food. Established in 1904, Ferdinando’s Focacceria is no ordinary trendy hipster eatery. Offering a taste of old school Brooklyn, this restaurant is a favorite for locals as a go-to joint for homemade Italian meals.
At Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda Fountain, take an ice cream inspired trip back in time. The parlor is located in a repurposed 1920’s apothecary space, bringing a vintage feel to a modern day shop.