Located in the northwestern portion of the New York City, Boerum Hill is a small neighborhood in Brooklyn. It is bounded by Schermerhorn Street from the north and Fourth Avenue from the east. Smith and Court Streets are located on the western edge whereas Wyckoff Streets on the southern side. The main commercial districts of Boerum Hill are Atlantic Avenue and Smith Street.
Once known as a place of crime, drugs, and prostitution, Boerum Hill has taken the positives from the gentrification process. Now the neighborhood is safe and clean and those looking to rent homes in a hip and vibrant area, don’t look further than Boerum Hill. The actual boundaries of Boerum Hill are Fourth Avenue to the east, Court Street to the west, Warren and Wyckoff Streets to the south and Schermerhorn Street to the north.
Boerum Hill remained a hunting ground for Brooklyn buyers in the 19th century. During the early Dutch Settlement, now-called Boerum Hill was under the control of colonial farm of Boerum family and that’s where its name came from. Most of the houses here are three-storey and built during 1840 and 1870. The word ‘Hill’ in the name of the neighborhood does not do justice as most of the area here is flat.
Another name of Boerum Hill is ‘North Gowanus’ and the name Boerum Hill was commenced by Helen Buckler – the founder of Boerum Hill Association. Till 2003, the neighborhood mostly comprised of working and middle-class people but the gentrification has changed the dynamics of Boerum Hill as it has now become a place of upper-class individuals.
Most of the buildings were used as boarding houses in the early 20th century. After tireless efforts of Boerum Hill Association, Boerum Hill finally recognized by the New York City Landmarks Commission in 1973. Then in 1983, the area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2012, the neighborhood was ranked #1 outside Manhattan in highest neighborhood median home prices.
Fort Greene, Cobble Hill, Gowanus and Downtown Brooklyn.
Buildings – Flat or Tall?
The buildings here are pre-war three-story but after the gentrification, many high-rises with luxurious amenities were built here.
With its tree-lined streets, tranquil atmosphere, great restaurants and classic brownstones, Boerum Hill is an ideal place to live. With convenient subway lines, standard public schools, the neighborhood becomes a pure area to live for families.
You will find plenty of shopping options in Atlantic Avenue, Smith and Court Streets. Coffee shops are in plenty here, so stop at a coffee point and give little rest to your shopping sense. There are many local restaurants that are gem but don’t forget to dine in Carroll Park.
Pay a kind visit to the Brooklyn Public Library branch located at 25 Fourth Avenue. The library is Brooklyn’s Oldest Library and it was opened in 1905. Boerum Hill is a place of many notable residents including Lana Parrilla, Zoe Kazan, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paul Dano, Ethan Hawke, Lynn Nottage, Jonathan Lethem, Joan Osborne, Emily Mortimer, Chuck Klosterman and Sandra Oh.