Originally posted Winter 2007.
Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, one of the historically protected neighborhoods of New York City. The average age of a house in the area is about 150 years old with some as old as 200 years. Cobble Hill has been around since the 17th century and is located just south of Brooklyn Heights, which is the neighborhood on the Brooklyn side of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The quick commute into Manhattan makes this an ideal neighborhood for people who want to live close to the city but remain removed from the hustle and bustle. Cobble Hill is one of the more quiet sections of New York city. The entire area is almost exclusively row houses and brownstones with a few apartment buildings and stand alone converted carriage houses.
Originally a working class neighborhood, due to the proximity to the New York harbor’s docks, residents now represent all economic strata. A brownstone row house will cost over two million although most have been subdivided into apartments.
Other points of interest include antique row, on Atlantic Avenue where there are several antiques dealers. The specialty food shop Sahadi’s is practically a landmark. They have a wonderful selection of olives and spices. They’re so popular that on holidays the line to enter goes half way down the block.
Over the past ten years the area has undergone a renaissance and many new shops and boutiques open weekly. Despite the growth, the area maintains a small town feel. There is also a strong family orientation and many events for children including the annual Halloween Parade. The neighborhood association is very tight and involved with community affairs adding to the strength of community spirit in this neighborhood.