Neighborhoods Tagged as: Brownstones

  • (Manhattan)

    "Most New York City neighborhoods contain historic landmarks, in Gramercy Park the neighborhood is the landmark. Early New York developer Samuel Ruggles reclaimed part of a swamp (""Gramercy"" is the mashing up of Dutch words meaning ""little crooked swamp"") to create Manhattan's only private park in 1831. The urban oasis between East 20th and East 21st Streets and Park Avenue and Third Avenue was fenced in a few years later and the four wrought iron gates have been locked since 1844. Once a year, often on the first Sunday in May, the gates of New York's most exclusive private park swing open...

  • (Brooklyn)

    "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 re...

  • (Brooklyn)

    "Brooklyn Heights is a residential area in Brooklyn, a genteel pocket of affluence, optimism, tranquility and atmosphere – there’s a definite vibe here, and a pleasant one at that. Brooklyn Heights extends from Old Fulton Street and the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge at the north and flows south to the bustle of Atlantic Avenue. It’s bounded by the East River and Cadman Plaza going west to east. It’s an old and historical place, and was the first neighborhood protected by the local Landmarks Preservation Law. A good deal of the charm of the area comes from the presence of literally hu...

  • (Brooklyn)

    One of Brooklyn’s most charming neighborhoods is Cobble Hill! Located close to Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens, the entire region has gotten the recent nickname of BoCoCa, though the three areas are distinct. Cobble Hill runs from Degraw St. and Atlantic Ave., between Court St. and Hicks St. Though small, the neighborhood is packed with charming brownstones and plenty of attractive boutiques, restaurants and bars. La Vara (www.lavarany.com) is one of Brooklyn’s few Michelin-starred eateries, serving exquisite tapas with Moorish and Jewish influences. Atlantic Avenue’s Colonie serves...

  • (Brooklyn)

    "Park Slope is The Fertile Crescent of Brooklyn's now decades long ascent to ""most desirable"" borough. This neighborhood trafficked in baby yoga classes, organic greens, and skyrocketing rent, long before the first hipster was a twinkle in Williamsburg's eye. Park Slope is a busy neighborhood with two bustling commercial strips on 5th and 7th avenues--7th Ave being more family oriented where high end children's clothing stores, kid friendly restaurants, and dry cleaners abound. 5th Ave is 7th's single, 30-something sister with boutiques and a plethora of bars and restaurants. The neighborhoo...

  • (Brooklyn)

    "Nestled between Prospect Park and Greenwood Cemetery, Windsor Terrace is a historically working-class neighborhood with porch-fronted row homes that are often passed down from generation to generation. This makes for a homey family neighborhood, thus far untouched by the rampant commercial development that has taken over much of Brooklyn. Some gentrification (in the form of well stocked wine stores and restaurants with an artisanal, locavore bent) has touched the small commercial strips that line 16th St and Prospect Ave on opposite sides of the neighborhood. However, unlike many parts of Bro...