Carroll Gardens

This small, historically Irish and Italian neighborhood barely takes up 40 city blocks, but it packs a lot of punch. Look no further for quality cannolis, exquisite French food — a la the area’s large French immigrant community — a quick game of Bocce, and one of the borough’s most exuberant Bastille Day celebrations. Considered great for families, Carroll Gardens is chock full of both public and private schools, as well as being well serviced by public transit.