Boerum Hill is a quaint, small, and surprisingly flat neighborhood at the hub of many vibrant Brooklyn destinations. Its tree-lined streets, spacious brownstones and townhouses, and easy access to all parts of the city make it an ideal neighborhood to come home to at the end of the day. Sections of Boerum Hill have been landmarked, and its residents, both long-time and newly arrived, take pride in preserving its historic buildings.
Shopping and Supping
Many blocks are residential, but business is booming on pretty Smith Street. Its restaurants draw foodies from all over Brooklyn; they come early for the shops and stay late to enjoy the lively, but not too wild, bar scene. Atlantic Ave., the area’s wide thoroughfare, is made more intimate by the fabulous shops of all kinds that line it’s wide sidewalks. City Foundry is a treasure trove of vintage and antique furniture and lighting. The Primary Essentials showcases locally made products. After wandering in and out of the shops, stop in to St. Gambrinus, a friendly and well-stocked craft beer shop and bar. The intimate and welcoming vibe of this neighborhood is most clearly manifested in its annual block parties. It’s also an easy stroll over to the surrounding neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, and Downtown, and all that they have to offer.
Coming, Going, and Nesting
Because the brownstones and townhouses of Boerum Hill are amongst the most desired in Brooklyn, the prices are high. They attract mid-career professionals and families looking for an easy commute to the city and a peaceful place to come home to. There are also some walk-ups that are somewhat more affordable.
Atlantic Ave. is a hub of transportation, with numerous subway lines passing through, and a railway station. There are also other subway stations within the neighborhood, making it very accessible.
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