Cobble Hill’s architecture is classic, the townhouses here are of great quality, having been built to the highest standards of their era

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About the Neighborhood

By 1950, area brownstones were being rejuvenated, and the neighborhood began its renaissance—leading to the revival of its (slightly updated) colonial moniker, Cobble Hill. In 1969, community activists successfully lobbied to create a historic district, effectively preserving what is now hailed as “one of the city’s finest collections of nineteenth-century houses.”

Today, on Cobble Hill’s main thoroughfares, Court and Smith Streets, generations-old family-run stores and businesses such as Italian meat markets and old-time barber shops sit side-by-side with trendy new stores, restaurants and cafes. Atlantic Avenue features one of New York City’s largest collections of Middle Eastern shops, many of which have stood for decades. North Smith Street is known as Brooklyn’s “Restaurant Row” due to the large number of eateries and watering holes that have opened in the late 1990s and early 2000s.


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Cobble Hill is conveniently close to Manhattan, with the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge within easy reach. The Atlantic Avenue - Pacific Street complex (the largest public transportation hub in Brooklyn) is nearby, bringing together 14 subway lines (the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, B, C, D, F, G, M, N, Q, and R trains), a dozen bus lines and the Long Island Rail Road. In addition, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and other major thoroughfares (Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, Eastern Parkway), provide a direct link to other parts of Brooklyn.


Cobble Hill is a small Brooklyn neighborhood full of huge tastes! Part of the acronym BoCoCa, which also includes Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill, this part of the triangle brings its own unique tastes and character. Old school with a modern twist seems to be the theme here, so get ready for a throwback that somehow takes you right to today on your plate in Cobble Hill.

Uglyduckling 166 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.451.3825 |
Lillo Cucina Italiana331 Henry St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
347.763.0899 |
Hibino 333 Henry St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.260.8052 |
La Vara 268 Clinton St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.422.0065 |
Watty & Meg 248 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.643.0007 |


Cobble Hill offers an abundance of upscale bars and the occasional divey late-night spot (c’mon, we all love them every once in awhile). Whether you take the train from Manhattan to wander down Smith Street or visit from another Brooklyn neighborhood, get ready to eat and drink your way through one of Brooklyn's more refined ‘nabes.

Henry Public 329 Henry St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.852.8630 |
Clover Club 210 Smith St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.855.7939 |
June 231 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
917.909.0434 |
61 Local 61 Bergen St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.875.1150 |
Congress Bar 208 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11201 |


Because the literati live in Cobble Hill, there are loads of cultural offerings to partake in, often designed to welcome aspiring (and broke) young talents. BookCourt hosts free workshops, readings and talks with authors and is a hub for the vibrant local writing community (including the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop). Cobble Hill Cinema makes up for its tiny theaters with (slightly) cheaper ticket prices and a ’90s throwback “don’t forget to silence your pagers” opening montage complete with lasers and anthropomorphic popcorn.

Cobble Hill Park Clinton St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
212.639.9675 |
Cobble Hill Cinemas  265 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11231
718.596.9113 | 
The Invisible Dog   51 Bergen St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
347.560.3641 |
The Brooklyn Strategist   333 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11231
718.576.3035 |


Cobble Hill’s architecture is classic Brownstone Brooklyn, with a few surprises. Like neighboring Carroll Gardens, the townhouses here are of great quality, having been built to the highest standards of their era. Unlike Carroll Gardens, there are some variations on the brownstone theme, including Italianate and Romanesque in a variety of color schemes, heights, and alternative decorations.

The Degraw Mansion 219 Clinton St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
Dr. Joseph E. Clark House 340 Clinton St. Brooklyn, NY 11231
Trader Joes 130 Court St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
Notable Home 272 Warren St. Brooklyn, NY 11201
Notable Home 174 Pacific St. Brooklyn, NY 11201