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Boerum Hill is considered one of Brooklyn’s trendier neighborhoods. Many of its residents are artists and renovators, who have painstakingly restored their Greek and Italian revival brownstones or opened art galleries in the neighborhood. Historic row houses still dominate in this area, but co-ops and condos have also appeared in more recent years. The neighborhood is mostly quiet and very family-friendly, but plenty of entertainment and dining options can always be found on Atlantic Avenue or Smith Street.
Atlantic Avenue has been earning recognition over the past few years for the antique shops and crafts stores that have been opening along its streets, along with ethnic Islamic and African restaurants. The resulting emergence of a unique and captivating shopping area is a delight to Boerum Hill residents and visitors. Smith Street also lives up to its nickname, “the restaurant row,” and provides a wealth of bistros and bars to choose from.
Boerum Hill runs east to west from Fourth Avenue to Court Street, and north to south from Schermerhorn Street to Warren Street. Both Prospect Park and Fort Greene Park are close by, and almost every subway line makes a stop at either the Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street Station or the Borough Hall/Court Street Station, both major hubs. Park Slope and Manhattan are both only a short train ride away. At Atlantic Terminal, the LIRR can also be accessed for transportation to the Hamptons.
Proximity to the Brooklyn Academy of Music is another advantage to living in Boerum Hill. Dating back to 1861, the academy was America’s first ever center for the performing arts, and today produces upwards of 200 performances every year. Close by, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and the Mark Morris Dance Center make Boerum Hill an even greater cultural mecca.
The charm of this neighborhood is obvious in the close knit-nature of its community and in the tender care given to every home. Local playgrounds have been bulit recently, as one testament among many to the child-friendly environment found here.