Boerum Hill

Brooklyn

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"Although the family of Dutch homesteaders, the Boerums, owned most of the land where this neighborhood in northwest Brooklyn existed in colonial times, today, the name ""Boerum Hill"" is more of a marketing slogan than a historical designation. It was created to rebrand North Gowanus when gentrification swept through in the 1970s. The marshland along the Gowanus Creek grew as a working class enclave and, by the end of the 19th century the streets were lined with three-bay, three-story Greek Revival and Italianate brick townhouses set comfortably behind stone stoops. Where once ironworkers resided, the neighborhood surrounding Atlantic Avenue and tucked between Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope has emerged as the borough's priciest, with median sale prices approaching one million dollars. High wattage Hollywood A-listers Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams blazed the celebrity trail to quiet, tony Boerum Hill when they were a couple in 2005. Although the Brooklyn High School of the Arts calls Boerum Hill home, the neighborhood caters to a more seasoned class of artisan. Many resident artists now own their own galleries in Boerum Hill, radiating out from the Invisible Dog Art Center that operates from a converted factory on Bergen Street. Long treasured for its boutique shops, Court Street has been invaded of late by national brand stores like J. Crew and Trader Joe's. Foodies can work their way through the adventurous cuisine of the restauranteurs on Smith Street in establishments like The Grocery and Saul and Bar Tabac and The Jakewalk and more. The MTA F, G, D, M, N, & R trains stop in this neighborhood." By: Doug Gelbert

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

2
3
4
5
A
C
G
F
B
D
Q
N
R

Buses:

B41
B45
B57
B63
B65
B67
B103

Rental Prices:

$2,291 ― $3,750

Sales Prices:

$550,000 ― $900,000

Landmarks:

Smith Street, Invisible Dog Exhibition, Barclays Center, Atlantic Terminal

School Districts:

15

Police Precincts:

84

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Reviews

  • Gordon
    November 5th 2014
    Smith Street is the place to go.... Restaurants and shops, a few too many national chains but hey it's Brooklyn, If you like French food, and people watching...
  • sam
    June 4th 2014
    Tree lined streets with rows of brownstones adorn this very livable Brooklyn neighborhood. Close to Manhattan along with the Barclays Center. Car not needed but street parking is doable (street cleaning is only once per week).

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