Cobble Hill is the perfect escape for those looking for a home that’s in close proximity to Manhattan but just far away enough to leave the hustle and bustle behind. Filled with authentic brownstones and locally-owned businesses, Cobble Hill’s residents enjoy peaceful walks around the area and lazy afternoons filled with picnics in the park.


History

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Until the creation of the South Ferry in 1836, which connected Atlantic Avenue to Whitehall Street in Manhattan, South Brooklyn was mostly rural. After that, the area began to develop quickly. The once rural community slowly merged into a middle-class suburban residential neighborhood, filled with tiny rows of houses. This transformation was almost finished by 1860, and by that time, all of the farm houses from the neighborhood’s past had vanished.

Starting in the 1840s and running through the 1870s, wealthier Manhattanites started to move into multiple parts of Brooklyn, including Cobble Hill. By 1880, the entire population of the neighborhood was solidly upper-middle class, and the housing costs had come to almost equal those in Brooklyn Heights.

Today on Cobble Hill’s two main commercial streets, Court and Smith Streets, generations-old businesses and stores are lined adjacent to brand new shops, cafes, and restaurants. The northern end of Smith Street has been dubbed as Brooklyn’s “Restaurant Row” due to the massive number of restaurants and bars that opened up during the late 1990s and early 2000s.


Accessibility

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One of the best things about living in Cobble Hill is the quick and easy commute to Manhattan. The F and G trains run from Bergen Street and the M and the R run from Union Street. Union offers the quickest commute into the city with a short 24 minutes to 42nd Street and only 21 minutes to Union Square.

Cobble Hill is also easy to get to by bus. The B61 and B63 buses run from Atlantic Avenue/Clinton Street, offering an easy connection to Manhattan.


Lifestyle

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Cobble Hill is a quaint Brooklyn neighborhood with brownstone-lined streets, creating the perfect setting for relaxing weekend walks through Cobble Hill Park or spending a day out window shopping with friends.

Visitors and residents also enjoy a more toned-down nighttime outing, filled with a fun night at one of the neighborhood’s critically acclaimed restaurants, rather than staying out clubbing until the early hours of morning.


Restaurants

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Cobble Hill is known for its incredible restaurants. A few favorites are Libertador, an Argentinian steakhouse known for it’s savory meat-filled dishes, Battersby, which is perfect for those looking for a fancy romantic date option and Uglyduckling, a traditional American restaurant featuring classic dishes.

But these are just a few of the options. Cobble Hill is full of endless dining choices in the “Restaurant Row” section of Smith Street, drawing in people from all over New York. There’s something to suit even the pickiest of eaters in this corner of Brooklyn!


Cost

 

 

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Cobble Hill is one of the pricier options Brooklyn has to offer. One-bedroom apartments start at around $2,700 while 2-bedroom apartments start at around $3,200. Those looking for more cost-effective housing options would most likely not find what they’re looking for in this area, but the quaintness and charm of the neighborhood makes the higher cost worthwhile for many.


Final Verdict

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Cobble Hill is the perfect option for those looking for a quick getaway from the stress of the rest of the city. This neighborhood feels somewhat out of place in New York, as it’s brownstone-lined streets and small stores take visitors to a whole other world. For many, the higher cost doesn’t outweigh the benefits of living in this quaint suburb.