Bordered by Schermerhorn Street to the north and Warren Street to the
south, Boerum Hill shares Court Street with Cobble Hill and Brooklyn
Heights; as well as 4th Avenue with Park Slope. By the turn of the century
this simple plot of Dutch farmland had become the theater center of
Brooklyn, the nearby Brooklyn Academy of Music surrounded by playhouses
of all description. Boerum Hill was now considered home by traveling
vaudeville actors and by the 1920's, the area's afordable rooming houses
began to attract the legendary Mohawk Indian steelworkers as well.
Since the 1970's, Boerum Hill 's beautiful brownstones have attracted
wave upon wave of young urban homeowners. Decorators and renovators
alike will have to look no further than Boerum Hill's Atlantic Avenue,
now the antiques capitol of Brooklyn. And after a heavy day's shopping
at the Nearby Fulton and Atlantic Malls, the neighborhood's Mideastern
food and gourmet coffee shops will more soothe the weary soul.
A couple of years ago, a stroll down Smith Street meant contending
with caving sidewalks, dusty bodegas, and a lot of empty storefronts.
These days, expect stroller gridlock, restaurants that serve tart tatin,
and haute hippie boutiques. Smith Street has become the standard by
which other recovering commercial streets (Fifth Avenue, De Kalb) are
judged. The speed of its revival has entrepreneurs imagining buried
treasure behind every rolled-down storefront. Boerum Hill, which has
a large public-housing presence, has been slower in remaking itself,
though development is rapidly displacing the old-timers.
Areas of interest in Brooklyn: (click for information)
Brooklyn real estate (general)
Brooklyn Heights real estate
Carroll Gardens real estate
Cobble Hill real estate
Park Slope real estate
Gowanus real estate
Windsor Terrace real estate