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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

And...we're moving!

Last fall, we moved from the West Village to an apartment farther downtown in Battery Park City. We planned to stay for a year or two until we could find a place in Brooklyn, but then...
...our building was sold! So the process has sped way up. The new owners are turning all the apartments into condos (versus rentals) and aren't renewing anyone's leases. People have been moving out in droves—every weekend, moving trucks line up outside.
It's starting to feel like we're living alone in a huge building—Alex jokes that it's like The Shining. (Especially when Toby rides his scooter up and down the empty hallways. Spooky.)

So! We knew we had to move asap, but where? California? Brooklyn? A small town? The Brooklyn real-estate market is nuts, and buying a place was proving impossible, so we didn't really know what to do next.

But last week, we were thrilled to find a lovely rental apartment in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn! Our new place is a sweet walk-up with a little balcony. The neighborhood is known for leafy streets and old brownstones, and we're excited about moving there. We LOVED the community feel of the West Village, so we're hoping we can establish that in Brooklyn.

Crazy side note: Alex actually hasn't seen the apartment. I went to the showing by myself, and apartments rent so quickly in New York that we had to make an immediate decision. So I took some snapshots with my phone and described all the details...and we ended up applying and getting it. I hope he likes it!

Anyway, thanks so much for reading. Do you guys know Carroll Gardens (or the surrounding neighborhoods) at all? I would SO appreciate any recommendations of things to do with kids, good restaurants, etc.! We're looking forward to exploring. And if you live there....want to be friends? ;)
P.S. The Cup of Jo Guide to NYC.

(Top photo by Julia Robbs for this post)

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Unknown said...

Carroll Gardens is a great neighborhood! I lived there as a single girl with some awesome roommates and a beautiful apartment, and even though I'm now married in Clinton Hill, CG will always have a special place in my heart! Enjoy the walks you can easily take there - we often walked all the way to the Brooklyn Promenade and dreamed about the real estate options.

Kelsey said...

I guessed it would be California but this move sounds perfect, can't wait to see pictures!

Sherrie said...

Good luck with the new place! I'd totally be your friend, but I'm in the Midwest. :)

Emma Swann said...

I have a feeling your boys will love Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain on Henry Street!

Alex Post said...

Four and Twenty Blackbirds!

It's a 20 minute walk or a 15 minute subway ride and technically not in carroll gardens, but the pies and coffee here are so tasty (and you can go rock climbing at brooklyn boulders right before to work up an appetite[not that you need to for pie :)]!

http://www.birdsblack.com/locations/

Tamsin Jessica said...

Wow you only just moved recently that sounds a bit stressful! I hate moving on, although this time round I will be moving in with my new husband so that will be an exciting one!

Manuela said...

I live in Clinton HIll - but love exploring all the surrounding neighborhoods! Especially the hills :)

Lucali's is one of the best pizza restaurants I've ever been to. The owner is a retired (possibly) mob guy. Read this story here: http://gothamist.com/2011/04/17/cops_suspect_mob_shakedown_in_lucal.php

But seriously don't let that bother you. He's actually very nice and it's totally kid friendly. And the pizza is delishhhh. And then of course, Brooklyn Farmacy - and ol' timey soda shop that the kids will love. And then my dear friends supper club/restaurant Take-Root.com which got an amazing write-up in the NYTimes. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/28/dining/reviews/hungry-city-take-root-in-carroll-gardens.html?_r=0

See you around the hood :)

Oh Deer Studio said...

We love Carroll Gardens! My husband and I have lived here for almost 5 years now and in the same apartment. We love the neighborhood feel, all the great restaurants and nightly walks up Clinton Street (one of the prettiest in the city in my opinion). Our favorite restaurant is Battersby, favorite place for drinks would be between Jake Walk and Brooklyn Social and our favorite place for coffee and morning pastries is Bien Cuit (not technically in the hood but it's a nice walk and totally worth it).

b said...

I live in CG- and feel super passionately about the fact that it is the best neighborhood in the city! Welcome.

Erin said...

so happy you're moving to Brooklyn! I'm not far - in Park Slope. Definitely a neighborhood-y feel in Carroll Gardens. There are some great bars and restaurants - brucie, Lavender Lake, Buttermilk Channel, Bar Great Harry, to name a few. Plus a farmers' market in Carroll Park (I think on Sundays). And you have to check out this funny little street called Dennet Place that has short little doors.

Katie said...

Enjoy! I was a Manhattanite before I left NYC, but I always vaguely meant to move to Brooklyn (as so many do)--also for the neighborhood feel, which was decidedly missing in fratty, anonymous Murray Hill. Carroll Gardens seems so lovely. One of my best friends now lives not too far, on the Cobble Hill/Brooklyn Heights border, and I am having life envy.

Maggie Haggerty said...

Big news, Joanna! So you think your recent apartment-makeover will be able to transition well to this new place?

Katie said...

Yay for the move and welcome to Brooklyn!

laurasaurus said...

Hey, new neighbor. I'll be your friend! I technically live in cobble hill but they're basically the same neighborhood. (Coincidentally, my boyfriend also rents an office in your building in DUMBO). I don't have kids so I'm not in on all the cool kiddy hang outs but there are more amazing restaurants here than I can even list. Frankie's 457 is an all time favorite. There's a new place on Court St. Called Dover that's been a big hit. Basically just walk up and down Court and Smith streets and you're guaranteed to find something fantastic. If you and Alex are looking for a low key night out, you can start at Buschenshank (a German beer hall on the corner of court and sackett) then work you way over to bar great Harry on smith and sackett for some top notch craft brews. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Pink Cake Equals Love said...

I lived in Carol Gardens for a year when I first moved in with my now husband about 5 years ago. We were head over heels for that neighborhood (and each other)! All the history with Al Capone, the cute elderly Italian men sitting out on the street corner chatting, and lovely tree lined streets. It's a great place! We LOVED Frankies Sputino and Lucali for pizza. Enjoy!

Katie said...

Congratulations and best of luck! Carroll Gardens sounds lovely.

Nina Leung said...

Oh my Gosh! How crazy! You just moved in! Carroll Gardens is wonderful. I used to teach art at P.S 58 (they have and exceptional PreK program!). It has always felt like a really cozy community. I'm sure you and your family will love it! Good luck!

Molly said...

congrats! my parents and sister lived there on carroll street before i was born, in the early 80s. my sister had a brooklyn accent when she first started talking because of her local babysitters :)

The Burling Family Blog said...

We live in Cobble Hill with our 3 year old and couldn't be happier. You will love Carroll Park and Brookyn Bridge Park. My most favorite neighborhood I ever lived in!

13bees said...

ah, rockrose. glad it all worked out in the end!

Posy Quarterman said...

I just shot the sweetest family over in Fort Greene (close to Carroll Gardens), I'd suggest you get together except they're moving to SF this month... Anyway, Fort Greene Park seemed rad, and we ate a yummy little cafe called the General Greene, which had the sweetest little homemade ice cream shop parked right outside. Original flavors and super tasty, totally worth checking out. Good luck with the move!

Anitra Sweet said...

Awesome! Can't wait to see pictures!

thecityspace said...

Momofuku's over there. And Baked is a 20 minute walk in Red Hook. (obviously bakeries are on the mind) Looks like a lovely neighborhood

Jacquelyn Clark said...

Oh man, so stressful but I swear this stuff happens for a reason! Excited to see how you decorate your new place :)

sevprez said...

I loved in and around Carroll Gardens in the mid 2000s. Some of the best times of my life were spent there! You will love it. It's the best of the city without the worst of the city.

Emikos Werid Unexplained thoughts said...

yays im so glad!!!!!! I had to move also I wish it was back home to new york but it ended up west!!! anyway I have family who lives where you are moving to, I know you will like it. Hopefully I be back east very soon. Enjoy!!!

Beth said...

I have lived in Boerum Hill for the last 4.5 years - I have a 4 year old son and another just one year old little brother. So close to your boys' ages! We should totally be friends! I will email some of our faves. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Jill said...

Tons of great restaurants and parks/playgrounds nearby and its easy to walk from neighborhood to neighborhood in Bk. I am in Park Slope and my brother is in Carroll Gardens and we can easily meet in the middle at JJ Byrne Playground. This website is my BK bible of activities.
http://www.achildgrows.com/

TANYA said...

Oh my goodness huzzah! Just moved to CG in September of last year and love it there--so much great food and Carroll Park is just the best. Seasame Street happened to be filming there this morning as I was walking to the subway :)
Have been reading Cup of Jo for years--how surreal to imagine being in the same hood! Hope you all just love it! P.S. be sure to get the thunderbolt at Smith Canteen. It's perfect for summer!

Thea Stokes said...

My family just moved from the area (downtown Brooklyn) to the burbs in January and I miss the playgrounds. So many to choose from. And be sure to join the Yahoo! group bococa parents- it is a FANTASTIC resource!
Sal's pizza on Court street has great slices and date nights at Prime Meats are the best!

Becca Gilgan said...

Congratulations Jo! I explored the "BoCoCa" area with my boyfriend while he lived in Brooklyn for a few months last Fall and we LOVED the area! It reminds me of a very family-friendly and cute neighbourhood here in Toronto (called Roncesvalles.) As for places to recommend, we had a few cocktails and a lovely meal at Clover Club on Smith St. A beautiful, retro bar that brings you back to the 1920s. Definitely go!

Angela said...

61 Local...a great little bar, technically in Cobble Hill - always full of parents and children. I live next door and love seeing all the tots running around. Welcome to the 'hood!

auste said...

When I lived in New York I was over in Fort Greene, which I loved so much, and I'm sure you'll have a chance to explore a bit as there's great restaurants and Fort Greene Park is lovely for picnics! I used to make my Trader Joe's runs over on Court St, and often times would give myself extra time just so I could wander around Carroll Gardens and pop in and out of shops (of course this was before I had a little rascal in tow, making leisurely strolling and shopping so much easier). You will love Brooklyn. So happy for you guys! (Though I was secretly rooting for California:)

Shruti Kapoor said...

What an awesome neighborhood. Congrats. We live in Park slope and love it here. I second all those bakery recommendations - Four & Twenty Black Bird, Baked, Lucali for pizza, buttermilk..you will love it. Plus we have a huge Whole food :) There is DUMBO which is quite close and then the Prospect park. I hope you do love the neighborhood! Welcome!!

Yaffa said...

Carroll Gardens is wonderful! I live here as a single girl, and I am never lacking in babysitting opportunities. Kidville is a go to for every kid in the neighborhood, and Prime Meats is a go to for every adult in the neighborhood.

wanderlustywriter said...

I live in Brooklyn Heights but walk down to Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens all the time. Welcome to the hood! I recommend walking up to the Heights, the BK Bridge Park just keeps getting more amazing every summer, and the ferry to Governors Island is right there.

Side note: I don't have kids yet and have always been sort of scared of the idea of having little people to take care of in addition to myself, but your blog makes it seem so amazing--it's definitely a place I'll be returning to again and again when I'm ready. I'd love to be your friend!

J.Paugh said...

I moved to Carroll Gardens just a few months ago with my boyfriend and you are going to love it!

A few favorite spots are Frankie's 457, Buttermilk Channel (of course), Cafe Luluc (best pancakes of your life) and Clover club for Wednesday jazz nights!

Jessica

Arielle said...

Hi! I live in Park Slope and work in Dumbo, and LOVE Carroll Gardens! Don't you work in Dumbo, also? You will love the whole Brooklyn lifestyle.. I go into Manhattan often to see friends, but find myself feeling "homesick" for Brooklyn, it really feels like home.

Unknown said...

We live in Carroll Gardens, and have for years. You'll love it, especially with kids. Lots of awesome, interesting, cool parents to chat with in Carroll Park (I'm amazed at the friendships I've made with other parents). Great places for date nights and awesome restaurants for the whole family. For date nights: Bergen Hill (little cafe tables outside in the summer like a Parisian cafe, amazing food), Battersby (seriously deserving of all the praise, little garden out back), Rucola. Great food for the whole family that do not feel like you are at a kid place: Nightingale 9, Dosa Royale, Lucali (apparently Jay-Z and Beyonce's favorite pizza for what it's worth). Great food for kids and/or just snacks: Moo Burger and Smith Canteen. You can walk to Brooklyn Bridge park (so great and a roller rink just opened out doors) and you can walk for pie at Four and Twenty Blackbirds. Also have a date night at the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Courts! Welcome!

jen said...

yay! welcome to the neighborhood! i've lived here for four years (well, technically a half-block over the carroll gardens / cobble hill border, on court street) and love it. i think you guys will be really, really happy here. FYI: the best dry cleaner is noble cleaners on court and douglass. our favorite restaurants these days are frankies, prime meats and dosa royale. arecibo is a very dependable car service and always gets cars to us within five minutes of calling. the movie theater on court street has great kids movies during the day in summer. i could go on and on. welcome! hope to see you around the neighborhood.

Pearl said...

You will LOVE it! My boyfriend and I moved there on a total whim (I'd been to BK all of 3 times ever). We weren't even looking but we randomly popped by a place for his birthday and a day later decided to move. Was a great adventure and now I can't imagine living anywhere else.

One piece of advice: I had lots of friends who were bursting to give recommendations, but someone told me to wait a month before asking anyone where to go. That way you can discover it yourself totally unfiltered!

Lou Lou B said...

This is, hopefully, terribly exciting! We just bought our first home, and I was telling my dad, the hardest part was the last few boxes... you really realize how much stuff you'd like to live without (because by that point the stuff you want/need is already at the new place)! You also realize how many pens you have... just laying around behind sofas and tables... Like Kelsey, I deff thought you were going to say "California!!" . We all look forward to seeing the new place! Best of luck on the moving!

Megan Flowers said...

I was hoping it was to California so we could be friends! Congratulations!!!

Stacey said...

Oh, and don't miss La Slowteria!

Rachel said...

Yay! My husband and I live in Cobble Hill on the edge of Carroll Gardens! Peddler Coffee is awesome, Henry Public Sun afternoons for live music and cocktails (kid friendly), Nightingale 9 for incredible Vietnamese food with a Southern twist. Oh- and there are fireflies all summer long that twinkle in all the restaurants' back gardens! Best neighborhood ever!!! Hope to see you around! Welcome!!!


Pearl said...

PS happy to be friends but I won't give you recommendations...just yet.

Kami E said...

Welcome to the neighborhood, Joanna! We love it! There are so many great restaurants, coffee shops and playgrounds--my daughters (toddler and baby) and I frequent a handful of them during the week. I'm sure we'll see you around!

Caroline, No. said...

Ooh, lovely area. I'd be shopping in the fairway in red hook. Would love to live there. Just had my birthday dinner at Buttermilk Channel on a recent visit - gorgeroonie. x

Marie Frei said...

I have friends in CG and they love it. You're not too far from Red Hook, one of my favorite, rapidly changing neighborhoods. The Brooklyn Ice Chest has a great back patio, and the pulled pork is delicious.

Alyssa Hertzig said...

Damn! I was really pulling for you to move to Hoboken, but Carroll Gardens is amazing. My former boss Kerry Diamond (she's editor of Cherry Bombe magazine but has done a million other things!) owns an AMAZING restaurant in CG. I cannot describe how out-of-this-world the fried chicken there is. They also own Nightingale 9, a Vietnamese restaurant, right in the same area (I haven't been but heard it's incredible) and Smith Canteen, a super popular spot for coffee and baked goods.

Can't wait to hear about your adventures there!

lindsaymarie said...

welcome to brooklyn! i live in bed-stuy, but love carroll gardens (and boerum hill/cobble hill - i never know exactly where the borders are but the whole area is lovely, and second to fort greene in my favorite-brooklyn-hoods ranking!) the trader joe's on court street is lovely, but busy in the evenings. court street books is a great little bookstore that has a lot of author readings - i've never been to one but always check out the flyers in their window. a cook's companion is a kitchen supply store on atlantic that i LOVE. it's small, but has so much great stuff that i can still spend a good hour browsing.

sara shandler said...

Welcome to the neighborhood! We live in Carroll Gardens with our toddler and dog and absolutely love it. We also lived in the West Village for years and have flirted with California, but lovelovelove where we live now. It's a great neighborhood, lots of interesting, smart, creative people. I almost always like the other parents I meet, and that says a lot about a place I think. (Also I know Caroline from her last gig, and we have a mutual friend, Suzy Gerstein!) See you at the playground/Smith-Canteen/Frankies/Smith and Vine Wines!

natwhat said...

Love this neighborhood! Fave places to eat: Char No. 4, Seersucker, Buttermilk Channel. Fave places to drink: Clover Club, Brooklyn Social, Henry Public. ENJOY!!!

AdaPotata said...

I just did the same thing - my husband didn't see our new apartment until the day our lease officially started (and the lease was signed two weeks before that) and picked up the keys! NY is so weird.

First thing - make reservations at the Mission Chinese pop-up behind Frankie's. It's amazing (and best for about 6 people to share, so you can get friends out to visit you).

Also, Smith & Vine on Smith St has 10% off wine bottles on Monday evenings (5-7?) during wine happy hour.

Finally, Beyonce and JayZ hang out at Buttermilk Channel for their amazing fried chicken. Get it. (Also on Mondays)

Kim said...

Welcome to the neighborhood! I have lived in Carroll Gardens for 7 years and love it. I also have 2 boys, one is at PS 58, a great public school and the other in private preschool. It's great walking, family neighborhood with great restaurants, shopping, etc. You are going to love it! Love your blog!

katlat said...

Oh, yay! I live on Huntington between Smith and Court. I *love* Carroll Gardens -- lived there for over three years now.

Date tip! Mission Chinese lost its lease and is renting space out of Frankie's in its backyard. You and Alex should go! :)

-Katherine

Jamie LePinnet said...

My boyfriend bartends at Bar Great Harry on Smith Street which is a pretty great beer bar on Smith Street, they have 20 rotating taps.(say hi to Arion) Also, across the street is Zeytoons restaurant which hits the spot for my middle eastern cravings. You can bring food to Bar Great Harry as they don't serve food there.

Also, you must eat at Mile End which is a 10 min walk, for some awesome brunch.

Goodluck, Carroll Gardens is great, and perfectly located.

svarusso said...

We used to live in Carroll Gardens before we had children off on Sackett and Smith St. I loved it and always thought it would be the perfect place to raise kids. Of course, that was 10 years ago! Since then, we've moved to the Midwest. A lot of things have changed since then, but our good friend owns Staubitz butcher shop, which is the best place to get your meats when you're in the neighborhood. We also loved Zaytoons and Cafe Luluc. You're making me miss it!!!! You should rent "Object of My Affection" with Jen Aniston and Paul Rudd. It's set in Carroll Gardens.

Emily Walsh said...

Yay!!!! So excited to hear things go so smoothly with such a hectic thing as finding an apartment in nyc... I love CG-- I used to work at the Kidville location there right on the park. Amazing neighborhood with infinite spaces and places to explore. Perfect for families like yours. So happy for you! I, like many others who've commented, totally thought you were gonna be heading to Cali... I'm planning a move to San Francisco and was gonna freak if you were going too! :P

Deb Oh said...

Congrats, Jo - that's a beautiful neighborhood!

PS, I still owe you an ice cream from that one time you serendipitously offered me and my friend a couple of bars up at Hudson River Park (years ago!). I live over in Prospect Heights now, but have a rehearsal space in Carroll Gardens, and would be happy to be ice cream friends! :)

FabulousJen said...

Good luck with the move, you lovely people!

Emmy M. said...

Love that neighborhood!!

I don't even live in NYC but one of my good friends I always stay with when I'm there lives in Boerum Hill.

Favorites within walking distance from you:

-Frankies 475 (of course)
-Hanco's Vietnamese Sandwiches just south of Atlantic Ave (SO GOOD- get the Classic)
-Blue Marble Ice Cream on Atlantic
-Stinky Bklyn (awesome cheese shop and meat counter with a fantastic cocktail supply section- amazing bitters, shrubs, locally made mixers, etc.)
-Swallow (cute shop with really distinctive and affordable gifts, objects, art, and jewelry- right across the street from P.S. 58)

SashaK said...

We've lived in Carroll Gardens for 6 1/2 years now and we love it. It's got a great neighborhood feel (this was the first apartment we lived in where we knew our neighbors). Our favorite restaurants in the area are Char No 4, Nightingale 9, and Buttermilk Channel, but there's so much amazing food. Unfortunately, we're moving to Kensington at the end of the month, but maybe we'll run into you and the boys at Carroll Park when we come back to visit.

Adamary Esqueda said...

Wow, it's kinda weird to read tnat moving is so normal in the US, where I live, people literally never move, it's extremely weird if they do and it's mostly for work reasons. I swear some live in the same house since they're born until they die. And it's not a joke.

What's Delicious? said...

My husband bought our house without me seeing it, so I can relate! Best of luck to you.

The Higher Common Sense said...

You will love it and fit right in! You'll love the restaurants and all the families. I live in Park Slope. I'm sure we'll see you!

amy said...

We just stayed with my cousin & her husband in Brooklyn, and one of the most amazing places we went was Watty & Meg, on Court Street. Monday nights burgers are half price, and be sure to ask for the yummy lemony gin cocktail not on the menu.

anne le guern said...

yay!!! Carroll gardens is awesome. we've lived in the hood for 5 years now and love it. I also have two boys (3 1/2 and 11m). looking forward to bumping into you :)

kmohawk said...

Good luck with the move, Joanna! The housing market is similarly crazy here in Honolulu so you have my sympathy! Your new neighborhood sounds awesome.

katie farrell bair said...

Boooo. I was hoping for a move to NorCal so we could be friends! But congrats on finding a place - happy for you!

Alie said...

You aren't far from three incredible and delicious spots in Gowanus: Littleneck, The Pines (SO creative!), and Runner & Stone!

Jacki said...

I just had the same thing happen to me! So stressful to have your building sold. I was lucky enough to find a new place just down the block though. :) Happy moving!

Tovah said...

When you're ready to shop again, consider downtown Jersey City! My husband, baby and I moved here a few months ago from the UWS, and we absolutely love it. It feels like all the best parts of Brooklyn and everything (from condos to toothpaste) is cheaper and less "curated" than parts of Brooklyn have become. 7 min to financial district, 15 to west village :)

Sara said...

!! SO exciting. You'll be close to Red Hook now! Go to Jalopy for the free concerts on Wednesdays (kid-friendly folk music usually) and Sunny's bar for divey drinks :)

Bookgirlbklyn said...

Welcome to the hood! I've lived in Carroll Gardens for 7 years and love it. It's a wonderful place for families and you will soon find that Carroll Park is your second home (I think Toby will dig the sprinklers).

People have given some great recommendations for restaurants but one more is the Treats Truck Stop down on Court near 9th Street. It's perfect for little ones with lots of books and toys, plus the kids can watch the bakers in action.

Amapola said...

we are looking to move from battery place as well, they keep raising our rent. any suggestions on where to look?
thanks!

Emmy M. said...

Forgot to mention another ice cream favorite- Van Leeuwen on Bergen!

newmamasarah said...

Ooooh you will love it. My mother in law loved in Cobble Hill and we just love brining out 2 year old and almost one year old (born on Anton's birthday!!) we love Carroll Park, brunch at Prime Meats, Cafe Luluc, Buschenschank, and last time we snuck away for drinks at Bar Great Harry- great mellow, low-key vibe. Brooklyn Beosge Park just has endless fun spots for kids your boys' ages. I wish you an easy and smooth move!!

Melissa said...

So exciting! You're going to love Carroll Gardens! I live in Park Slope but have always admired CG. The food is great. The streets are picturesque. You're not too far from Brooklyn Bridge Park which is incredible. It has a lot of great things to offer. Good luck with the move!

Lily L-M said...

Wwow -- look at what life throws at you! I hope you'll bring Emily back to decorate again!!

x Lily
http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

sumslay said...

I don't know that i've ever clicked a link so fast - I thought for sure it would be to CA! I'm super excited for your move to Brooklyn too though. :) Can't wait to see the place!

Rachel Deen said...

Carroll Gardens is an excellent choice!! I've lived here (first as a single and now as a married lady with a baby) and it's been great for both phases of my life!

My little guy is close to Anton in age (he'll be 9 months early next week) and this neighborhood is fantastic for moms/dads/anyone else who hangs out with kids all the time.

Carroll Park is a must with its big kid side and its little kid side. It also has sprinklers that are so great on a hot, humid day like today!

There's also Cobble Hill Park but it doesn't have swings so we don't hit that one as much.

The Farmers Market is on Carroll Street on Sundays, it's small but mighty.

Black Mountain for a glass of wine in the evenings (go early, like 6ish, and you'll see other parents there with their little ones).

Smith Canteen for coffee or Bien Cuit if you're closer to Atlantic.

You'll learn all the little secrets soon enough, like that Union Market has good selection of cheese, but their produce can be underwhelming... BUT the little Korean fruit and veg place right across the street is solid quality and price-wise.

And of course, there's Whole Foods. Just a hop, skip to Four and Twenty Blackbirds (heartily second the recommendation on that one).

There are many yoga spots, Bend and Bloom is a favorite of mine... there are a couple mommy groups plus multiple mommy and me yoga classes.

Can you tell I love the neighborhood? Just a couple other suggestions - Hanco's for banh mi sandwiches, Smith and Vine for wine, Stinky's for cheese, Van Leuwen for ice cream... OH and there are two decent neighborhood outdoor pools - Douglass Degraw on the other side of the Gowanus Canal and the Red Hook pool. both are worth the walk, especially if you go when they open in the morning. Good for meeting other moms!

And finally - sign up for BoCoCa Parents list on Yahoo Groups - priceless!!

Best of luck and I hope we (meaning me and the Bubs) run into you in the neighborhood!!

Alyssa said...

I live in Carroll Gardens and absolutely love it! It's definitely a very neighborhood-y feel and the buidlings remind me a lot of the West Village! We love going over to Red Hook (Baked for baked goodies & coffee and Red Hook Lobster pound for the lobster rolls) and Frankie's, Avlee for Greek food, Cafe Luluc for brunch, Cafe Peddler for coffee and F. Montelone bakery for the best Italian pastures and gelato! Hope you guys love it and best of luck with the move!

Nicole said...

I have a collection of Literary City Guides on my site, and recently published a great guide to Carroll Gardens! http://www.eatthispoem.com/city-guides/carroll-gardens

It seems like such a great neighborhood, especially for families!

christinamm said...

Welcome to Brooklyn! I bet you'll love it :) I live in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg area with my husband and 8 month old baby. If you are ever looking for another mom and little dude to hang out in McCarren Park with, let me know!

Circa Style said...

Carroll Gardens is so charming! I love Ted and Honey, a little cafe/coffee shop in the neighborhood with great food and a cozy atmosphere!

kyli said...

I live right across the canal in Park Slope. A few Carroll Gardens favorites are Frankie's 457 (which I believe may already be a haunt of yours), Black Gold - a quirky record store and coffee shop, Momofuko Milk Bar, and the Clover Club for cocktails. It's also a beautiful walk from Carroll Gardens up through Cobble Hill to the promenade in Brooklyn Heights. I think you'll love it.

Brooke Reynolds said...

Carroll Gardens is lovely! We lived on First Place between Court and Clinton for about six years and loved every minute of it. I think brownstone living naturally makes you meet your neighbors.. I miss the old Italian ladies sitting on their stoops, the neighborhood kids on their scooters, the beautiful magnolia tree that blooms every Spring. We miss that neighborhood still.

Ffrawley said...

I live in Carroll Gardens and love it! Great restaurants and lots of kiddies. For restaurants, check out Seersucker and Buttermilk Channel and The Grocery. Hope to see you in the good. Fiona

Erin said...

Wishing you guys all the best! Honestly, with a toddler and a baby myself, the idea of moving sounds so hard right now - I hope you're feeling more enthusiastic about it than I am on your behalf :) Sounds like it'll be a great neighborhood, and good times for all.

In the meantime, we will be happy to provide moral support!!

Emelia said...

Glad you're staying in NYC! :) I love that area! Congrats!

Rony @ catbird said...

Awesome and welcome!! I live in CG and love it. You have my email if ya wanna chat :) ... xo Rony

heather epstein said...

ah you're moving into my neighborhood!!! I'm actually surprised you guys didn't live here to begin with. It's such a family friendly hood. I love this hood and I'm sad that I might have to leave it when my husband and I want to start a family (I want to own something and buying in this hood is impossible unless you have millions laying around). But welcome to the neighborhood! I have tons of recommendations if you ever are in need of coffee spots, ice cream parlors(you MUST go to Farmacy the boys will LOVE IT!), and restaurants. WELCOME TO THE HOOD!!!

<3
heather
fashionistanygirl.com

Kellie P. said...

Joanna, if you ever move to Minneapolis, I'll be your friend!

Good luck with the move. :)

Jess said...

Wah what!! Exciting thou. Good luck. I'ld totally be your friend but I live in London. Let me know when you're moving here ��

Emily - Anais said...

Carroll Gardens is my favorite Brooklyn neighborhood! You're in for a treat. You can't go wrong with the happy hour at the Jake Walk (hello, cheese plate!), or the pancakes at Cafe Luluc.

www.wildlingkitchen.com/theblog

Sarah said...

So excited for another house tour sometime soon!! ;)

I was crossing my fingers you'd announce a move to SF -- I'll keep hoping! Congratulations!

christa said...

Exciting. It was so fun to see the apartment make-over, I can't wait to see the new space.

Sarah Karp said...

Wow, Carrol Gardens is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the world! I lived there a few years ago and loved every part of it. I didn't have kids when I lived there but there are so many kid-friendly things to do, you won't be disappointed. In fact, I think you guys will love it more than the village. Also, the F train makes getting to manhattan super easy.

Shana Luther said...

That's so great! My husband and I live in Carroll Gardens and we don't ever want to leave. There are so many amazing places around here-

•Carroll Park is great for the little ones
•Shen Beauty for hard to find beauty products (all organic as well!)
•Court St Grocers for amazing sandwiches and unique pantry items
•Black Mountain Wine House for that Sunday afternoon glass of wine (also, best bartender in the area, Greg)
•Bar Bruno for the best fish tacos in all of BK (trust me, I've tried a lot!)
•Brooklyn Farmacy for treats
•Lucali's really is worth the 2 hour wait
•Iris Nail- best place for a manicure although it's closer to Atlantic
•Bar Great Harry- our favorite dive bar
•Angry Wade's for watching the World Cup and other games
•Pok Pok, yes, go just once
•Brooklyn Bridge Park- the best park in the city and it just keeps getting better.
•Empanada Lady- only out on Saturdays when it's nice out. She sets up her work station right on her sidewalk and sells her homemade food. It's soooo good! Sackett st, just past Smith. You should see her signage somewhere along her street. It's one of the best kept secrets in the area and worth the time spent trying to find her! Trust me.

Welcome to the neighborhood! You'll have a great time out here. Hope to see you sometime soon!
xo Shana

fay316 said...

Congrats on the move!! Sometimes its exciting moving into a new apartment sigh unseen. On our last two moves (DC and Oakland) because of crazy rental markets, my fiance had to sign out lease without me ever seeing the place. And both homes worked out well :)

Ashleigh Blatt said...

Aaack!! Was hoping for CA! Still going to work the campaign though!
In the meantime, enjoy the leafy leaves! We do kind of miss those in SoCal!

Aziza Browne said...

My old artists studio was in Carroll Gardens and I loved it. It totally has a family feel and there's lots of things to do an great restaurants too. Unfortunately I can't recommend any places since I forgotten the names of most places and now live in Santa Barbara, CA. But I'm sure you'll love it being in the West Village now. Next stop, California??

Alexa said...

Congratulations! When I first moved to NYC four years ago, I was shocked at how crazy fast the rental process is—and how stressful. My dad likes to joke that I even had to give a hair sample as part of my application ;)

I have several friends in Carroll Gardens and it's really lovely! I love the burgers at Carroll Gardens and Buttermilk Channel has a good brunch.

Emily Orzel said...

Yay! SO excited for you guys! I'm sure it will be fun to decorate!

-Emily | www.emilyorzel.com/blog

Sofia Loves said...

Congrats!!
I wish i could help you but i'm from Portugal! :)
Can't wait for the photos!!

Bernie said...

Congrats, that must be hard with 2 little ones. I cannot imagine having to pack up all the boys stuff, but so fun!

Nicki Marshek said...

Congratulations! Carroll Gardens is lovely. The only bad part is that now your train will be the dreaded G! I would start shopping for a car if I were you.. ;)

Erin said...

Brooklyn is such a special place. I lived in Windsor Terrace for 9 years and we just bought a place in Kensington! There is a great feeling of community around here that is just amazing! We always end up on date nights to Carroll Gardens at Prime Meats and Clover Club. However, my favorite holiday to celebrate in NY is coming up soon and the big celebration will be happening right in your new neighborhood - Bastille Day!!! Petanque on the streets, Lillet everywhere, music and general merriment. You'll love it. My daughter, Mabel, is a month older than Anton... if he's ever looking for a playdate. ;)

Hannah Hart said...

I did the same thing, Joanna! When I signed the lease into my apartment in Greenpoint, Brooklyn two years ago. My roommates had never seen the place but it ended up being the best thing! I am now never leaving Greenpoint!!

lili nfolks said...

Oh I stayed there two years agao while visitin some friends on Clinton street. We were just amazed by the fact that every women was pregnant and/or had young kids with her. That was just amazing...
It's not in the neigbourhood, but you need to go to Gowanus and eat a pie at "four and twenty blackbirds" but it might be very well known in NYC, I don't know!

Jayni said...

Congrats! My husband and I are moving to Brooklyn next week (after many years in SF). Would love to run into you and introduce myself!

JulianaP said...

Yaaaay Brooklyn! So great! I lived in Fort Greene for years and now live in Clinton Hill (both a quick trip on he G from CG). Carrol Gardens has soooo much to offer!

Aaaaaand, just in case you're looking, I'm opening a co-op preschool in the fall. (Honeybirds.bk@gma.com).

Welcome to the Brooklyn life style! It's going to be great.

M said...

My dad grew up on Carroll Street, between Smith and Hoyt! I loved visiting my grandma there as a kid, before it was posh, and I love it now too! My enormous Italian family recently sold the brownstone (I was heartbroken) but it's still one of my favorite places in the world. My local recommendation is a pistachio italian ice from Court Pastry in the summer and a cannoli in the winter. Heaven!

You will love living there!

Alison said...

Congratulations! I love how you make what must have been such a stressful situation into a positive situation. I hope your new home is filled with happiness and you make lovely memories there Alison www.gorseandcoconuts.com

lauren said...

welcome to the neighborhood! i also live in carroll gardens/cobble hill and work in dumbo. i'm amazed to see so many friendly readers so close by. it's easy to feel like a tiny ant in new york city, but this blog and especially this post reminds me how warm and neighborly this place can be. we ought to have a little welcome party / cup of jo shindig in the neighborhood sometime :)

Casey said...

Carroll Gardens is WONDERFUL. Easily one of my favorite neighborhoods in Brooklyn! And its still retained a lot of its old character, even in the face of gentrification.

Welcome to Brooklyn :).

Blaine Baxter Bilal said...

Smith canteen, clover club, and seer sucker!!

Julie Doherty said...

I nanny a bunch of kids from PS58, and literally spend half of my days there. It seems like the perfect fit for you guys ! If you ever need a late night babysitter, let me know :-) . I've been following your blog for a few years and I can't promise I won't fangirl you if I ever see you around haha !

marília said...

I have friends with kids in a Brownstone in Carroll Gardens. They are great people. I'm sure you guys are going to find the West Village vibe there. The best of luck to you guys.

jenny gordy said...

I'm sorry you have to move--it's so stressful! But congrats on finding a good place. I think you'll love Brooklyn! Joe and I lived in Carroll Gardens about 10 years ago when we first moved in together. We had the sweetest little apartment owned by an Italian couple who would give us delicious fresh tomatoes from the garden below our apartment. I was in school at FIT at the time and sold my creations at the flea market in our neighborhood. Good memories! Hope you guys will love it there.

Emily said...

Great news that you found a place. That must have been a relief. Good luck with the move!

Jill Gulbranson said...

I so hope you have Emily Henderson back!

Kaira Klueber said...

I live just a few stops from Carroll Gardens and I think you'll find you'll love this part of Brooklyn, and neighborhoods deeper into Brooklyn ie: Park Slope, South Slope, Windsor Terrace even more than your current location! Prospect Park is perfect to take your kids to the play ground, and run free as kids should! Wednesdays at the round about near 15th street they play live music in the late morning for children to dance, clap and interact with other kids. There's a great new restaurant on Prospect Park West just a couple blocks from the 15th street entrance to the park it's called Krupa Grocery. Other restaurants to check out: Seersucker, Rucola, Mile End, and for killer cocktails Clover Club :-)

gcp said...

I like a shop called Tiny Brooklyn on Court Street. They have really sweet children's. clothing. Gowanus is close. Find Furnishings on 9th st is nice and film biz recycling is fun. Red hook is great. Red hook lobster pound has fresh Maine lobsters everyday. Foxy & Winston is a great shop on Van Brunt Street. Fairway is right down the block. Red hook pool can be empty on some days. I live in prospect heights/park slope. If you haven't been to Ample Hills Creamery...get there now!

Taylor R said...

Welcome to the 'hood! I live in nearby Cobble Hill and am convinced that this part of Brooklyn is the best neighborhood in the world (yes, the world)!

Alex said...

Court Street Bagels. Best.bagels.ever.

Kate Legnetti said...

We're in Park Slope and love, love, love Brooklyn! You must go to Court Pastry as soon as you arrive on move in day! Welcome to the best borough :)

Caitlyn said...

Are you still thinking about California?

Sara said...

This is going to sound weird but there's a family owned funeral home on Court Street. Vincent is the owner and in his 70's. He often wears a fedora and walks around the neighborhood. If you are at all interested in the history of that area , he grew up there and tells fascinating stories. It's a great area with a pretty interesting history.

Tiffany said...

Oh wow. I for sure thought you were going to say, "California here we come!" Good luck in Brooklyn!!

Dorothy DeMaria said...

Although I live inPa. Now I was born and raised in Brooklyn. My Grandparents (both sets) lived in the area you are moving to and just from reading the post I can tell the area has been totally yuppified . It was beautiful back then and I'm sure it still is, only ten times more expensive. Jump on the train and take the kids to Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay. You can go to Manhattan, Brighton or Coney Island Beach. And for you the stores on Montague street are amazing. I love Brooklyn and remember when it was just Carrol Street and Clinton St, before it became so fancy. Hope you love it too

Ceciel T said...

I worked in Cobble Hill and lived in Park Slope a million years ago (well, 7--but that was pre kids) so I traveled through Carroll Gardens all the time. Frankie's is a fave and I'm sure you know that already. What's the name of that sweet former pharmacy, now an ice cream shop? Mazola's was a killer bakery--hope it's still there. How about just being able to stroll down to Columbia St and the now super hip area that has become? Uh, slightly jealous and very excited for you.

Bridget said...

My niece and her husband and their new baby live in Park Slope, and I have no idea if that is close to where you will be. But I think you would really like them, so if you want their contact info, let me know.

Congrats, and happy move!

Ceciel T said...

Ps. Congrats and good luck. Moving can be challenging. I bet the boys will be a big help ;)

Lissa said...

I second 61 Local! Great beer choices, a CSA pickup, and TOTALLY kid friendly.

Lady X said...

You'll love it out there! Carroll G is the dreamiest neighborhood for families! I'm there all the time!

Erica said...

I think you and your boys will LOVE Carroll Gardens. It's such a great little community with a real sense of neighborhood pride. For date nights, check out Prime Meats, Buttermilk Channel, and Take Root. Cobble Hill has some amazing restaurants, too (Clover Club for jazz nights!) - And of course, for the kiddos, you won't be too far from the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Susanna Evans said...

Hi Joanna! I think I totally saw you walking near Forager's Market last week! I was in town for the Fancy Food Show, and saw someone on the street who looked SO familiar but I couldn't put my finger on it. Afterwords I realized that that person reminded me of YOU. Perhaps it wasn't you, but reading this now it seems timely. :) As a side note, I sell artisan food and work with New York Mouth. Love seeing Potter's Crackers in your Big Cheese give away - they are my largest client and totally yummy. Good luck with your move. Seems like things really fell in place for you guys!

Katie said...

Carroll Gardens is awesome! It definitely has that same neighborhood feel, and there are tons of families out and about. Buttermilk Channel is great for brunch, and there's a key lime pie stand I've been meaning to check out in one of the parks in Red Hook. I live in Cobble Hill, and have been spending a lot of time in Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Promenade. The bottom of the park has some great things – Fornino (rooftop pizza & drinks), the ferry to Governor's Island, and a bunch of kids playgrounds hidden behind giant bushes along the pathways. Welcome to the neighborhood!

Florence said...

I have never written on the blog although I have been following for a long time now. I live in Brooklyn Heights almost Cobble Hill and moving there just made me feel home in New York.
- Hibino (japanese ) for dinner - they have daily Obanzai( small dish) that are never the same. Kid's love the chicken terriyaki.
- Frankie Spuntino has the best french toats.
- Brooklyn Farmacy and Soda fountain - especially with kids !
- Hanco for a quick banh mi
- Van Leuwen for the earl grey ice cream.
- Blue Marble for another type of icecream
- Blue Bottle for a quick coffee
- Brothers for bagels
- best butcher ever Los Paisanos.
- nice neighborhood park - cobble hill park. Feel likes another country, maybe England
- of course going the Brooklyn Pears
- Table 87 for Pizza.
- For delicious snacks etc..Sahadi on Atlantic Avenue
- for great cooking supplies and gift - Cooks companion
- for cute jewelry, Written on Atlantic
- for objects and antique Greenhouse & Co
- for flowers - on Henry between State and Atlantic
Enjoy, there is so much more to it that what I just mentionned !

hank said...

Welcome to the neighborhood!

Umami Bear said...

Oh wow! How clutch are you all under such pressure? Nice! Good look with moving! Looking forward to reading all about it :)

Roopika Malhotra said...

Congratulations! I love CG...the roses that bloom in front of all the brownstones there each spring are so pretty. There's a pretty book store on Court Street and the Soda Jerk ice cream parlor I used to take my daughter when we lived in Cobble Hill, and the great water park just off Atlantic. Best of luck with the move!

JO said...

It's such a great neighborhood! So many great restaurants like Smith Canteen and Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain. Ya'll will love it there :) Congrats!!

stewedpeas said...

Congratulations, and welcome to the neighborhood! There are so many great recommendations in this comment thread, you can't go wrong. Florence and I have the same taste, so I'll just +1 to that and add a few more

- Mile End for Montreal Jewish deliciousness
- Dover is new on Court (same owners as Battersby, which is my favorite special dinner out)
- Rucola for Italian (I live across the street and will gladly come meet you—it's a great weekday breakfast and lunch spot as well)
- Black Mountain Wine House in the winter (fireplace!)
- Local 61 for daytime work (wifi, sandwiches, and spacious enough for strollers)
- I love Community Bookstore but it's not for everyone. Dusty, dingy, melée of used books.. Book Court is way more family friendly and has a great kid section and events)

And I'll be your friend too!

Margaret Fiorio said...

The house that I grew up in , my mom looked at and put in a bid without my dad looking at the place! instinct is instinct!

ALee said...

This mom of two (a 2.5 year old girl and a 3 month old boy) who lives on the border of Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill is so excited about all the great neighborhood posts that will be showing up on your blog in the future! We moved here just over a year ago and I will be devouring all the comments for suggestions myself. Happy to make some of my own too. And would love to be friends! I think my daughter and Toby would be fast friends. ;)

katie said...

We live in nashville, but visit the city often. My boys loved the transit museum. We had a lovely meal at rucola and had cookies and cappuccino at one girl cookie. Loved the neighborhood feel and kids galore in bklyn. Good luck!

Rachel said...

Bummer. I thought for sure you were moving to San Francisco. : )

Devilishly Stylish said...

wow Jo I really love your blog I've been reading it for a year or two and it makes me miss NY so much! I've only been there for 1.5 month but I looove it there! Anyway hope to meet you someday and walk around NYC :) keep up the good work and good luck on the new place!!! kisses from Greece!

Audrie said...

Carroll Gardens is awesome! I don't live there but whenever we go to Brooklyn, we stay there. Just the food alone will make the move worthwhile :)

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Aly said...

We live in nearby Park Slope with our 8 month old and we couldn't be happier. I think it's heaven - especially for parents of young kids. SO many playgrounds and farmer's markets and so many great restaurants (Al Di La! Frankie's!). Most of all, it's very neighborhood-y - everyone we meet is so lovely. I think you'll adore it!

Alexandra said...

Welcome! I live in Carroll Gardens! It's a great neighborhood. You will absolutely love it.

-Frankies 457 (*it's plural Frankies, not possessive, because it was started by 2 Italian guys named Frankie!)
-Buttermilk Channel
-Smith Canteen
-BookCourt bookstore
-Court Street Grocers (!!)
-I second Four and Twenty Blackbirds, which has the most poetic pies (with rosewater, etc.)
-Ted & Honey (Cobble Hill Park is adorable)

Enjoy!!

aislinnred said...

Wow, good luck at your new place!

JennRosen said...

I've always thought Brooklyn would suit you! Congrats, welcome to the hood (I guess technically i'm in a different hood, Williamsburg, but still... BK rocks.)

Hannah said...

No longer living in New York but lived in Boerum Hill just next to Carroll Gardens. I miss it so much, best neighbourhood in NYC. So many good places to eat I can't list them all. Moo burger and Blue Marble ice cream, both on Court St., would be big hits with kids! You have to go to Mile End deli-their cinnamon rolls are an amazing breakfast treat for the weekends. Oh and lard bread from Caputo's bake shop is a must.

Sarah DeGrazia said...

Welcome to BK!! A few key restaurant recs - for your first date night: Colonie on Atlantic, you will love it, promise! And when parents come to visit - Jack the Horse in Brooklyn Heights.

reiter8 said...

Wow, way to roll with the unexpected. Welcome to the 'hood! We live in Cobble Hill and look forward to seeing you around. I second everyone's recommendations and would add:

Borough Hall has a great Farmer's Market (Tues, Thurs and Sat during the summer) The small doughnuts from Wicklow Farms are a fun treat and balance all the healthy greens you'll buy there.

Fish Tales on Court - fresh fish!

Area Yoga on Court St to the list. Classes are $10 if you buy online in advance.

Good luck with the move!

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you SO much for these amazing comments!!!! they make me even more excited to move. thank you thank you thank you!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you SO much for these amazing comments!!!! they make me even more excited to move. thank you thank you thank you!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you SO much for these amazing comments!!!! they make me even more excited to move. thank you thank you thank you!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

manuela, what a good story!! i love it.

Joanna Goddard said...

maggie, yes, totally. the makeover of our current place was more about upgrading to adult furniture, versus all our really old beat-up stuff from our early twenties/college years. we'll just have to rearrange it in the new apt! i would love to ask you guys for thoughts on paint colors because the real-estate listing showed the apartment with white walls, but the current tenants painted them dark grey—which actually looks good! i'll do a post on it, i think; i'd love to get advice about what colors we should pick (white, grey, something totally different:) thank you for your note!

Joanna Goddard said...

arielle, that is so good to hear! yes, we work in a shared office space in dumbo (studiomates)—hope to see you around one of these days!! i go to foragers pretty much every day for lunch, i'm addicted to the salad bar :)

Joanna Goddard said...

tovah, we LOVE jersey city!! we actually take the ferry over to a little playground there a few evenings a week. it's the friendliest playground, and toby and anton love the ferry ride, too. i'd love to meet you there sometime!

Joanna Goddard said...

amapola, good question! we looked in cobble hill and carroll gardens, but we have so many friends who love park slope and brooklyn heights and fort greene as well. hope that helps!!

Libi Molnar said...

CARROLL GARDENS IS THE BEST! especially for a young family like you four :)

i'm sure a lot of these have been covered already but make sure you get the breakfast sandwich at Court Street Grocers (its mildly life changing). frankie's is the absolute best, they even have a pop-up for mission chinese in the back!! best!!

other gems include dover (do not miss a meal here, sit at the bar with your man on date night), buttermilk channel, prime meats, the list goes on and on.

you will be so happy there - its the best neighborhood. i live in greenpoint now and while that has its own special charm - nothing better than CG.

also - if you aren't familiar already - check out Poppy's Catering who are in the neighborhood as well for any catering/events needs that you may have (they have an adorable shop you can bring the boys by as well, I'm sure they will find it so fun to see the chefs working away - the owner Jamie and myself have been HUGE cup of jo fans for years... i know she would be thrilled to meet you)

good luck! x Libi

Joanna Goddard said...

oh yes we're totally still dreaming about california for the future...just not quite ready yet! :)

Alison Dulaney said...

That is just like my apartment in Carroll Gardens. I hope you will love the neighborhood as much as I do. First stop once you move in Caputos for their handmade, melt-in-your-mouth mozzarella!

Sandy a la Mode said...

congrats on your move!!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Brooklynbee said...

I lived in Cobble Hill for 10 years but now we live in... HIPSTURBIA! I still can't believe your husband wrote that article. I hold him responsible for my house going up in value, so thank him for me. :)

The Pumpernickel said...

Welcome to the neighborhood! I ended up here about two years ago by chance, and I don't ever want to leave. There are a ton of journalists in this neighborhood (especially food writers, like me), which is one of the things I love about it.

Some of my favorite restaurants/cafes/markets:

Prime Meats
Buttermilk Channel
PokPok
Seersucker
Lucali
The Grocery
Shelsky's
Caputo's Fine Foods
Court Street Grocers
Bien Cuit
Dassara
Van Horn
Henry Public
Momofuku Milk Bar
Brooklyn Social
Lavender Lake

I could keep going! Feel free to drop me a line at plightofthepumpernickel (at) gmail (dot) com if you'd like more info on go-to dishes, totally-not-worth-it spots, etc.

olivia said...

So exciting, congrats! We lived in Carroll Gardens for 3 years before relocating to southern California. This post and all the great recommendations you're getting are making me nostalgic!! Good luck with the move and have a great time!

Julianne said...

Congrats on moving, and finding a place you love (and actually being able to get it! I only have experience in Manhattan, but I've only heard amazing things about Brooklyn.

PS I'm very jealous of your past experience in the West Village. I absolutely love it there.

xo Julianne
reallifesurreallife.blogspot.com/

The Riehlest Baby Blog said...

Welcome to BROOKLYN! You will never understand why you lived in Manhattan ever again. My family and I live in Park Slope but we used to live in CG. Its awesome, the restaurants the bars the friendly Kids scene. As everyone else in these comments have said you will love it. The playground in CG is great, but if you want an adventure try in Park Slope the playground JJB, its on 3rd ave and 3rd st. The new WHOLE FOODS just went up they have a great roof top bar and also great for kids. Enjoy the new adventure.
Annie
www.annieriehl.com

Renae said...

Oh man! That sucks that you guys have to move again so soon! Hope it all goes well - good luck with the move!

Meadow said...

Oh wow.. another move. Glad that you found a place fast. It's kinda funny - people make fun of me because at the ripe old age of 29 I have lived in ONE apartment in my adult life. Like, the same one as when I first moved out. It just kinda ended up that way... but honestly I couldn't imagine moving as often as some people I know. Hoping to buy in the near future!

Katie H. said...

Carroll Gardens is awesome. Venture into Cobble Hill and check out Union Market on Court Street (amazing, fresh produce and a million other goodies) and Char No. 4 on Smith Street for an excellent date night dinner & whiskey tasting.

isabelle m said...

Hope you will share again interior design solutions of your new place. Sounds exciting even if it is hard work moving! Good luck!

Christine Knight-Thomas said...

Welcome to the neighborhood! If you're looking for great kid-friendly restaurants, my blog has lots of options (I'm a local!). brunchwithmybaby.com is the site.

deannagabriel said...

ok, so i know im a little late and i didnt have time to read all of these comments! however, i couldnt leave without mentioning this place! i moved out of nyc a few years ago for work and one of the things i miss is one girl cookies on dean street (between smith st & boerum pl) in cobble hill. their cookies are perfectly bite sized (kid friendly!) and thoroughly delicious! i used to meet friends for lovely dinners on smith street around there too! enjoy brooklyn!

Sammi Egan said...

Oh wow. That sucks about your building- I'm surprised they can serve you eviction notices like that! Well, good look with your move- I half expected you to say you were moving to California :) I don't know the area you are talking about at- living in England and all, but I'm sure it will be great with for the boys :) Good luck with your move :) X

Katie M said...

I live further south in Brooklyn (Ditmas Park, which is totally worth a visit - beautiful Victorian houses that make it feel sort of suburban, and lots of kids) but am in the CG area a lot to visit friends, shop, eat, etc. CG and all the surrounding hoods are super bike-friendly - all of central BK really has a community feel, especially on bikes

In your hood, Camp is a great outdoors-themed bar where you can make s'mores - I bet it would be totally fine to take the boys in the afternoon, when it's really low-key.

You'll probably swoon over the Brooklyn-themed, locally produced products at Brooklyn Made (and spend way too much money, if you're anything like me).

uchenna said...

Hey there! I'd love to be your friend. Lucy and I went to residency together and I now live here in NYC!

brooklynash said...

i live there. and yes, let's do be friends! hope to see you for early breakfasts and late dinners at prime meats!

Amanda said...

you're going to love it! i live in williamsburg but i work almost every weekend at the green building. come down for some of our events, like the performances gowanus arts and production put on, etc. some really amazing people down there. my husband and i have promised that if we ever move from williamsburg we'll move down that way. i second the person who recommended arecibo as the most reliable car service.

Nicole H.S. Kaufmann said...

Yay! You're moving to our neighborhood! You'll love Smith Canteen and Carroll Park, Frankie's and Prime Meats. The Aardvarks classes are great for the boys, and ditto to Farmacy. Lucali's Pizza is the best of all boroughs. We live on Second Place and can't wait to see you in the hood!

katie lee said...

Carroll Gardens is great for kids! (Arguably one of the best in Brooklyn, second only to ParkSlope) I have a 3 and a half year old son and he loves Carroll Park, Momofuku, Smith Canteen, one girl cookies, area kids, and stinky's cheese. And there are some great stores like soula. And you're not too far from IKEA, and Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Prospect Park. You'll love it!

GOODANDDELICIOUS said...

You are going to love it! Target is near by as is Trader Joe's. The PathMark at Atlantic Terminal isn't the funnest place, but you can stock up on lots of things there. The buses run on time, you have access to the Ikea shuttle by Borough hall or even Park Slope, which is not too far of a walk AT ALL! You have DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park, not to mention Prospect Park and the Splash Pad. You are also VERY close to Manhattan, trust me, the Subway ride (albeit crowded at rush hour) is not long at all! Oh and you have Sahadi's near by and Damascus Bakery where you can get fresh pitas and halloumi cheese for super cheap and just after Sahadi's walking towards the Key Foods you'll see a little Korean Vegetable/Fruit Market that is a steal!

GOODANDDELICIOUS said...

Oh! And take your kids to Adam Yauch park... what a trip to see a public landmark being named after a Beasty Boy LOL

GOODANDDELICIOUS said...

Oh! And take your kids to Adam Yauch park... what a trip to see a public landmark being named after a Beasty Boy LOL

Dorothy Lin said...

Congratulations on the move! Carroll Gardens is a lovely neighborhood.

Eva said...

Welcome to the neighborhood! I'm in Cobble Hill, right next door, and it is a fabulous place to have a family. You have to go to the little water playground at the end of Atlantic. Just about everything is baby-friendly in the area. You'll love it.

Parrish McWhorter said...

Ahh! I just stayed a week in a Carroll Gardens apartment from airbnb. The neighborhood was incredibly charming and it kind of broke my heart to leave it. There were adorable families everywhere and everything felt safe. Also, there was a Momofuku Milk Bar right beside the Subway which called for many Blueberry and Cream cookie treats. You'll love it! Congratulations and good luck!

Amanda said...

Alma is an amazing little spot for great Mexican food in that area-- it's on Columbia St.!! Enjoy your new home :)

Anna said...

I'm a brand new reader to your site...just found it today as I googled "families living in Brooklyn" as my husband and I are thinking of moving with our 4 kids BACK to Brooklyn from Atlanta!:) We miss it! Anyways, Carrol Gardens is so beautiful...you'll love it! We were in Park Slope and hope to move back to that area again!

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Rhiannon said...

Carroll Gardens is great! In addition to all the recs here for restaurants and stuff - DEFINITELY sign up for the BoCoCa Parents listserv (it's a Yahoo group). It's very active, and a great place to find out what's going on, buy/sell baby gear, etc.
There are also at least 2 groups of June/July moms from last summer who are still actively getting together (often on Friday afternoons). Feel free to email if you'd like to join.

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