Carroll Gardens is a neighborhood located in the borough of Brooklyn, New York City and physically located on the western end of Long Island, New York. It is part of Brooklyn Community Board 6. Carroll Gardens is bounded by Hoyt Street, 9th Street, Degraw Street, and the Gowanus and Brooklyn-Queens Expressways. It was formerly just a section of a larger area called South Brooklyn, which also included what is now Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill.
The area is full of 19th-century charm, with row houses and gardens. The shopping area has been revived, and the thick green water of the Gowanus Canal no longer smells. The Gowanus Canal separates Carroll Gardens from Park Slope. The canal is Brooklyn’s solution to marshlands and it goes along the neighborhood’s eastern edge. Carroll Gardens inspires a breath of fresh air with its decorated yards, trees and careful landscaping. Many New York people live in the area and take the accessible F and G trains into the city.
As of 2010 census, there were 11,992 people residing in the area. The median income for a household in the village is $85,901.
In the early 19th century, Carroll Gardens was first settled by Irish Americans before Italian -Americans settled in the area. The neighborhood has a rich history of being home to several different immigrant groups. It gets its name from Charles Carroll of Maryland, a Revolutionary War veteran who was also the only Roman Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. He led a regiment of 400 men that tried to regain from the British a strategically placed farmhouse on the Gowanus Creek, now the Gowanus Canal. Prior to the gentrification movement in the mid-1960s, the area was considered by residents to be part of Red Hook. In the late 1940s, however, the southern tip of Red Hook was cut off from the rest of the neighborhood by the building of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Gowanus Expressway and the neighborhood is now known as Carroll Gardens took on a separate and distinct character of its own.
Carroll Gardens is an Old Italian neighborhood graced with Catholic iconography and friendly residents. It is often considered one of Brooklyn’s most desirable neighborhoods. The area is predominantly Italian immigrants who moved into the tree lined, quiet streets. Their influence is still strong today with many old-time residents coming from the southeastern town of Mola di Bari. The main streets are lined with maples, pin oaks and gingko’s shading the small lawns and gardens that provide oases between asphalt and brownstone.
The areas main thoroughfare, Court Street, is peppered with small family-run shops where everyone can buy fresh pasta, cheeses, breads and pastries. Several festive seasons such as Christmas, Easter and Halloween brings lots of visitors from all over the city to First Place in Carroll Gardens. The Procession of Santa Maria Addolorata, a funereal event which has its origins in the town of Mola di Bari. It takes place on the first Sunday of September. Typical home price in Carroll Gardens sells for $630,000 to $1.4 million depending on its size, location, and condition.