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Caroll Gardens  

Carroll Gardens is a neighborhood in the northwestern portion of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, New York. Taking up around 40 city blocks, it is bounded by Degraw and Warren Streets (north), Hoyt and Smith Streets (east), Ninth Street or the Gowanus Expressway (south), and Interstate 278, the Gowanus and Brooklyn–Queens Expressways (west). The neighborhoods surrounding it are Cobble Hill to the northwest, Boerum Hill to the northeast, Gowanus to the east, Red Hook to the south and southwest, and the Columbia Street Waterfront District to the west.

Initially considered part of the area once known as South Brooklyn (or, more specifically, Red Hook), the room started to have its own identity in the 1960s. The neighborhood was named after Charles Carroll, the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence and whose name was already attached to Carroll Street and Carroll Park. The term also reflects the extensive front gardens of brownstones in the Carroll Gardens Historic District and elsewhere in the neighborhood. Despite having an Irish surname, it has been known as an Italian American neighborhood in recent times. Top Brooklyn Electrician

Carroll Gardens was settled in the 19th century by immigrants from Ireland, followed in the middle of the century by Norwegian immigrants, who founded two churches, the Norwegian Seaman’s Church (formerly the Westminster Presbyterian Church), now apartments, and the Norwegian Methodist Episcopal Church (formerly the Carroll Park Methodist Episcopal Church, no longer extant).

Carroll Gardens had long been considered part of either the larger area referred to as South Brooklyn or the neighborhood known as Red Hook. That neighborhood had an informal division in the 1930s and 1940s along Hamilton Avenue, with kids from south of the avenue, mostly of Italian descent, calling themselves “Hookers” or “Cookies” after Red Hook, and kids north of the street, primarily Irish, in what would now be Carroll Gardens called “Creekers” or “Creek” after the now-drained Gowanus Creek.

Carroll Gardens Historic District

The development of the Carroll Gardens Historic District began in the 1870s, partly due to its proximity to Carroll Park. The district was created by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1973. It includes houses located in a rough rectangle bounded by Carroll, President, Smith, and Hoyt Streets and the western ends of the two blocks between President Street and First Street. The district includes some of the finest examples of brownstones with extensive front gardens.

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