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Cobble Hill

An independent theater in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn

A Charming Brooklyn Neighborhood that is One Big Historic District

It's hard not to stumble onto a film set when walking through Cobble Hill. The neighborhood's intact townhouse blocks and colorful parks are all camera-ready.

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At a Glance

  • Famous face: The actor and director Spike Lee grew up in Cobble Hill at 186 Warren Street in the 1960s.
  • Past life: Cobble Hill was settled by Dutch farmers in the mid-17th century. At that time, the area was known as Punkiesberg.
  • Historic site: Winston Churchill's mother, Jennie Jerome, was born at 197 Amity Street.

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About Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill, one of Brooklyn's oldest and loveliest neighborhoods, resembles its neighbors to the north, south and East (Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill). But it has a history that's uniquely its own. Almost all of Cobble Hill's blocks fall within the boundaries of a historic district and, as such, the neighborhood's 19th-century charm is almost uniformly intact. An influx of affluent newcomers — drawn by the area's storybook looks, excellent schools and proximity to Read More [+]

LIVING in Brooklyn

Score a deal on rent (photo: iStockphoto)

9 Ways to Score a Rent Deal

New York City is one of the most expensive cities in the United States, if not the world, in which to live. It’s not unusual for even studio apartments to go for $2,000 a month. Given that most landlords want your annual income to be at least Read More »

Red Hook Market (Photo: Paulobar/Flickr)

8 Reasons to Go to Red Hook

Red Hook is a lot of things to a lot of people. Home to the largest complex of public housing projects in New York, frontier of gentrification, land of Fairway and IKEA, artists’ refuge, hard-drinking waterfront enclave—all of these things combine to make it one of the most endearing and unusual neighborhoods in the city. Read More »


Tiny apartment

How to Decorate Your Super Tiny Apartment

New Yorkers’ housing problems are not like other people’s housing problems. We don’t get to complain about a bathroom Read More »

Edgar Allen Poe Greenwich Village Tour

12 Tours Even Locals Will Love

New Yorkers have a reputation for rolling their eyes when it comes to tours of the city. After all, when you live here, why pay money to walk around your own backyard? As it turns out, there are fascinating, information-packed tours out there even skeptical NYC locals are sure to love. Read More »

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