Smith runs parallel to the busier and better-established Court Street, but with its low-slung tenement buildings, frequent street lamps and mix of musty and glistening storefronts, it’s the backbone of Carroll Gardens. The side streets — lined with Italianate brownstones, elaborate gardens and majestic old trees — are its limbs. As you head north from Second Place to Degraw (the boundary with Cobble Hill), Smith feels like a small-town street that leads lazily to the city, not very far away. In fact, you can see the towers of Downtown Brooklyn rising up at the far end.
As for Carroll Gardens, the money-shot quote comes from Corcoran broker Nicole Galluccio: “It’s that warmth of the neighborhood. There’s a different sense of community. It’s a lovely little melting pot. And you don’t have to pay Brooklyn Heights prices. We even have people who choose it over Brooklyn Heights.” Maybe not Brooklyn Heights prices, but no one’s giving anything else away. As noted at the end of the article, this brownstone recently hit the market for $2.65 million.
Smith Street: Turn Left at the Roses [NY Times]
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