“Walking through Cobble Hill”
When a lot of people think of Brooklyn they think the trendy Williamsburg, downtown or Dumbo. Don’t get me wrong, I love those neighborhoods for late nights and shopping but it hasn’t stolen my heart like Cobble Hill (and Carrol Gardens – they’re right next to each other and I can’t decipher which one I like better) has.
Chris and I decided to spend the day walking around and exploring the neighborhood. I’ve done this walk many times – down Court St., but I really wanted to take the time to appreciate it and check out all the shops.
Yes, it’s where families and celebrities reside, but it’s also rich in history and culture. Specifically Italian culture, being the borough in which Italian immigrants called home at the turn of the 20th century. Being Italian, it feels familiar. Remnants of its past stand out like antiques among more new – “hip” spots. I love the balance of the two.
Small businesses and markets adorn the streets. You can feel the community presence. Staubitz Market has been there for 100 years. 100 YEARS. How awesome is that? They specialize in Italian pantry items, fresh butchered meets, cured meets, and cheeses. We left with the best prosciutto I’ve ever had (besides the prosciutto I had in Rome) and a drunken goat cheese that definitely makes the list of favorites.
There’s a uniqueness to this part of Brooklyn. It’s charming, not what most would expect from the trendy borough. The preservation and restoration of old makes for a fresh departure from edison bulbs and craft cocktails (which I both love – hipster? I mean maybe sure whatever OK FINE)
Cobble Hill and Carrol Gardens are home to many families, lots of kids being rolled around in strollers by their nannies. A 15 minute walk from Borough Hall station and it’s like entering a new city.
I’ve wanted to go to Brooklyn Pharmacy ever since we move to Brooklyn. Yes, partly because I love ice cream but mainly becuase I love the concept and deisign. Check them out here.
The majority of the decor is straight from an originally turn of century pharmacy. I’ve never sat at a soda fountain before… normal thing to say, but I will again! They’re famous for their egg cream so of course I had to have one – with an added scoop of ice cream, they call it a Flatbush.
For Chris, who was seeing this side of Brooklyn for the first time, he fell in love just as hard as I did. I mean a couple adorable dogs, a slice of pizza, a BMW M4 – Chris was sold. It’s the neighborhood of my dreams and one day I hope to call it home.
So let’s see…. cheese, wine, dogs, ice cream, history, architecture…. why I love this place beats me.
Talk soon, Emily