Carroll Gardens

Carroll Gardens is a quiet, middle class neighborhood in Southern Brooklyn. The wide streets (by New York standards) are lined with handsome brownstones. It sits between the Gowanus Canal and Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, and is bordered by Cobble Hill to the north and Red Hook to the south. It was originally an Italian neighborhood, and its immigrant roots are still highly visible. Numerous Italian restaurants and shop line the streets, and although the area is slowly gentrifying, many Italian families still live in their multigenerational homes. Recently, young professionals have begun to move into the area; Carroll Gardens is now an interesting mix of old New Yorkers, working class families, and white collar professionals.
The Vibe
A quiet, old, Italian neighborhood. However, an underbelly of ambitious young professionals continues to grow.
Bragging Rights
Famous and delicious pastries at Mazzola Bakery.
Architecture
Brownstone rowhouses, many of which boast small gardens.
Best Kept Secret
St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church, where Al Capone wed Mae Josephine Coughlin.
By Day
A mix of working and professional class men and women--young and old--make their way to work.
By Night
Quiet and peaceful.