Named after Charles Carroll, the only Roman-Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, Carroll Gardens is a sprawling community just south of Cobble Hill. Many Italian-American immigrants moved in and dominated the area for decades. Nowadays Carroll Gardens is a melting pot of all cultures and ethnicities, but the Italian influence still runs large. Many of the longstanding family-run stores and restaurants are popular spots to explore the area's history. St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, where Al Capone got married in 1918, serves as the neighborhood's center for Catholic religious culture.
Several other distinguishing features make Carroll Gardens an ideal place to live.
Many of the older brownstones feature unique front gardens between the buildings and the street. Carroll Park is the area's main green space. It is ideal for all ages, and features basketball courts, bocce lawns, and a baseball diamond. Several blocks away is the Carroll Gardens branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.
Carroll Gardens is a fascinating neighborhood that combines the best elements of the once prominent Italian-American culture into the modern Brooklyn community.
Tips From The Locals
When you are in Carroll Gardens in July…you will feel like being in France. During the Bastille Day celebration Smith Street is transformed into petanque tournament courts with 12 cubic yards of sand spread over the asphalt.
No matter when you are here…check out the Green Building, one of Brooklyn’s best kept secrets for event spaces. Watch the bride and groom have their wedding pictures taken or get a glimpse of the festive set up inside the Green Building.
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