A long, luxurious article in Business Insider profiles South Brooklyn’s “BoCoCa” neighborhoods lining Brooklyn Heights: Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens.
The piece, headlined “Gentrification Has Made This Old Brooklyn Neighborhood Unrecognizable,” discusses how those nabes have evolved as Brooklyn Heights became financially unobtainable, with some respectful perspective about the Heights…
Brownstone houses are classic Brooklyn. They are as ubiquitous in NYC as dirty-water hot dog vendors and rats on the subway tracks, though much more beautiful, with majestic stoops and thick banisters impressive enough to usher in a new era of Brooklyn living.
It began as as a trickle in the 1940s: white collar professionals crossing the river in search of cheaper rents and settling in Brooklyn Heights—which is now Brooklyn’s de facto Gold Coast—later the home of the borough’s financial district. As they moved into and began renovating their new homes, a ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude and pride in their new community developed. Paint was stripped, gardens were planted, floorboards were laid and the area’s popularity grew.
By the 1960s, the area just south of Brooklyn Heights (known as South Brooklyn to that point) began to fill up with spillover from the Heights, and new names were given to revitalized areas. “Cobble Hill” was one, “Boerum Hill” another, and “Red Hook” included the slab of land that is now “Carroll Gardens” (Red Hook can still be found on the other side of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway). Each neighborhood began to take on its own identity, while they remained close enough to one another to foster a larger sense of togetherness.
The Business Insider article is smart, detailed, positive and an exceptional read about Brooklyn Heights’ bordering neighborhoods. Highly recommended reading.
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