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Carroll Gardens

A gracefully gentrified neighborhood in South Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens was originally considered part of more working-class Red Hook, just a few blocks to the south across the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. First settled by Dutch farmers, then Irish, Italian and Norwegian merchants, and now a combination of French immigrants, American yuppies and aging couples, this evolving area retains traces of all its past inhabitants. Most renowned for what it has preserved, Carroll Gardens today is increasingly full of independent-owned cafes, boutiques and antique stores, most set along Smith Street.

Named for Charles Carroll, a Revolutionary War hero and senator from Maryland and the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, the neighborhood is centered on tree-lined Carroll Park. Around and near the park is the Carroll Gardens Historic District, comprised of 19th-century brownstones with elaborate gardens out front.

Practical Info:

Head south for two blocks to reach Van Brunt Street, a major thoroughfare dotted with cafes, galleries and shops, and head left on Van Brunt for about a quarter mile. Turn right onto 1st Place, cross carefully over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (which appears at this stretch as a major residential street rather than a highway) and head up four blocks to Smith Street.

Another fun way to get here is via the IKEA Express Shuttle. Running seven days a week from Pier 11 at South Street Seaport, this $5 boat ride across the East River passes Grosvenor Island and the Statue of Liberty before depositing you at the IKEA Superstore in Red Hook.

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Brooklyn Neighborhoods Private Walking Tour, Brooklyn, null
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Brooklyn Neighborhoods Private Walking Tour

On this four-hour private walking tour you will explore of three of Brooklyn’s most historic residential neighborhoods, Park Slope, Gowanus, and Carroll ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $300.00
NYC Pastry Tour, New York City, Walking Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

NYC Pastry Tour

Behold the power of the cannoli! Explore and indulge in the historic Italian American desserts preserved in time only available in NYC. Cannoli is an ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $83.00
Brooklyn Pizza Walk, New York City, Food Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Brooklyn Pizza Walk

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Visit one of Brooklyn's most amazing neighborhoods for a tour of three incredible pizzerias. Get exclusive access behind the counter and witness some of ...  Read more

Location: New York, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00

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