Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Review: Brooklyn Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

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Brooklyn

Carroll Gardens is sometimes referred to as "Little Paris" or "Little France," due to a large number of French expats who have taken up residence in the area, which spans about 40 blocks.

In this Carroll Gardens neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

Throughout the neighborhood, the brownstones feature large front gardens and tree-lined streets, especially in the Historic District.

It is surrounded by Boerum Hill, Gowanus, and Red Hook.

Although once considered part of Red Hook, the neighborhood began forming its own identity in the 1940s after the construction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Gowanus Expressway.

Today, Carroll Gardens is predominately upper-middle class consisting of business professionals and elderly residents who have lived in the neighborhood for a long time.

Carroll Gardens Brooklyn Church

FUN FACT: Carroll Gardens was settled in the 19th century by Irish immigrants and named after Charles Carroll, an Irish immigrant who was the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Local Buzz

Celebrities that live in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood include:

CelebrityNotes
Jemima KirkeActress, Artist
Solange KnowlesSinger, Songwriter, Model, Actress
Stacy LondonStylist/Fashion Consultant, Author, Editor
Jenny SlateComedian, Actress, Voice Actress, Author

Transportation

F Train, Photo by Andre Benz

Carroll Gardens has access to both the F and G line at Carrol Street and Smith-Ninth Street stations.

The B61 is available on 9th street while the B57 is available on Court and Smith Streets.

BusB61, B57

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • F

    IND Sixth Avenue Line

  • G

    IND Crosstown Line

Average Rent Prices

If you're looking to move, real estate is very competitive in this highly-sought after area of Brooklyn.

The type of buildings mostly consist of historic brownstones and attached townhouses.

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedrooms3 Bedrooms
$2,479$2,705$3,672$6,049

Public & Charter Schools

The New York Department of Education operates many highly-rated public schools in the area and there are plenty of private, charter and day schools to choose from as well.

SchoolInfoNotes
International School of BrooklynPrivate - PK-8 - 333 studentsIndependent, language immersion school offering two bilingual tracks: Spanish-English and French-English, and follows the International Baccalaureate programs for Lower and Middle School
P.S. 146 Brooklyn New SchoolPublic - PK-5 - 666 studentsStrong leadership, seasoned teachers, active parents, and an imaginative curriculum. Highly sought-after.
Brooklyn Secondary School for Collaborative StudiesPublic - 6-12 - 667 studentsOffers relaxed atmosphere. Accepts students of all skill levels and prepares them for college.
P.S. 58 The CarrollPublic - PK-5 - 995 studentsStrong academics, focus on arts, dual language French program. Solid neighborhood school

Restaurants


Restaurant in Brooklyn, Photo by Patrick Tomasso

Carroll Gardens can offer some of the coziest environments for enjoying a nice meal outdoors. The neighborhood is teeming with great options!

One place sure to make you forget you're even living in a city is Frankies 457 Spuntino, a popular neighborhood Italian spot with a simple menu.

Come here to enjoy consistently delicious food with friends in a huge outdoor garden, weather permitting.

While Italian restaurants are everywhere in Carroll Gardens, Cuban food can only be found in one place - Cubana Cafe.

Enjoy live music from 7-10 PM every Thursday, while you sip on a mojito and enjoy a nice cheap, delicious dinner.

Carroll Gardens would not be catering to its residents if it didn't have any French restaurants.

A couple of great spots include the Alsatian eatery La Cigogne and the classic neighborhood French bistro, Cafe Luluc, which specializes in weekend brunches and garden seating (Cash Only).

For some great all-American comfort hop into Buttermilk Channel, known for their sparkling brunches and their buttermilk fried chicken!

When you're in the mood for something sweet, you'll be delighted by your choices--Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain to the north and Momofuku Milk Bar's Carroll Gardens location in the south.

For old-world Italian goodies like cannolis, gelatos, and cakes, don't forget about Pasticceria Monteleone BK.

How Safe is the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 6 of 10

Approximately 17.7577 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents

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