Must-See Cobble Hill
by Kiki Olafimihan, Caroline Peck and Kevin Ryans, 08/10/2012
Verandah Place. Photo: Malcolm Brown
Today, cozy Brooklyn enclave Cobble Hill could pass for "Little SoHo." It's a nice place to raise a family, stroll the sidewalks for a day of leisurely shopping and hit the bars or an art gallery at night. Time was, though, that the place was a war zone. Forts stood there during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and the British leveled Cobleshill—the elevation that gave the area its name—during the former conflict. In the years since, the neighborhood acquired its current, more placid character. Long home to a thriving Italian community, these days the nabe—a third of the mega-neighborhood BoCoCa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens)—is teeming with French expats. Read on to find out about the places you shouldn't miss if you decide to take the F or the G train out to the Bergen Street stop.