Adjacent to Boerum Hill and north of Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill stands out for its 19th-century architecture and leafy, compact parks. Dutch residents called the area Cobleshill in reference to a Revolutionary War–era land mound, which was flattened by British soldiers to prevent strategic use by George Washington’s troops. These days, most of the 22-block neighborhood is landmarked as Brooklyn’s second-oldest district, a mix of brick townhouses, brownstones, and Victorian schoolhouses, where only the Gothic revival churches exceed a 50-foot height limit. Historically working-class, the neighborhood has adopted all the trappings of haute Brooklyn, especially along busy Court Street: an independent bookstore, artisanal coffee shops, and a boutique devoted to vintage eyewear. But a quiet grace pervades the streets. Swing by the circular Cobble Hill Park, ringed by trees and edged by cozy Verandah Place, a narrow block that once held servants quarters.
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