Columbia Street Waterfront District

Columbia St. Waterfront

The Columbia St. Waterfront is a quaint, 22-block enclave wedged between Red Hook and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. This neighborhood, which was once a part of the same neighborhood as Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens (before the BQE came along) has a lot more to offer than proximity to Ikea. Once a forgotten part of the borough, the residents here are enjoying a recent resurge in art, real estate and culture. There’s no direct access to the actual Columbia Street waterfront as it is blocked from the public by cranes and containers coming off the Red Hook Shipping Terminal. The Waterfront is home to a mix of dockworkers, young families and artists. The neighborhood also boasts one of the highest percentages of same-sex couples in New York City.

The neighborhood was redefined following the creation of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in 1950 by Robert Moses, which left the area split completely in half, east-to-west. For Columbia Street, the post-Moses years left the area largely isolated from what had been a much larger immigrant Italian and Hispanic community. Then in 1975, a sewer line accident forced the city to demolish 33 buildings, causing many more residents and businesses to pack up. In the wake of the disaster, the city designated the Columbia Street District as an area in need of redevelopment.

These days The Columbia Street Waterfront is enjoying a cultural revival. The neighborhood is its own quirky mix of charming old-fashioned row houses on Union Street with shops and restaurants on their ground floors. Buzzing award-winning restaurants like Pok Pok, a no-reservations northern-Thai hotspot that routinely sees patrons from near and far line up for long waits. There’s Mazzat a Turkish-style Mediterranean tapas bar, and then there’s Alma, Mexican food, ground-floor bar with a year-round roof deck that offers breath-taking views of Manhattan and draws a young crowd. It also isn’t strange to see vintage Vespas parked in front of the picturesque blue-painted stucco and metal building at 65 Union St., on the corner of Van Brunt Street, which only adds to the neighborhood’s vibrancy.

Columbia Street features a mix of mostly low-rise housing— old-fashioned brick row houses new developments, and conversions of former factories and industrial buildings. Noteworthy developments include 25 Carroll Street, a former pasta manufacturing facility that was converted into 17 loft condominiums in 2010; Columbia Commons, a mix of condos and rentals; and 49-53 Summit Street, which features nine apartments ranging from 1,300 square feet to more than 2,300 square feet. According to an article by The Bklyner, a developer recently filed a zoning map amendment application requesting the area on Summit Street be rezoned for a new seven story residential building. If approved, by 2022, the three lots could be combined to create a nearly 8,000-square-foot plot with more than 23,000 square feet of residential space—allowing for approximately 34 apartments—and nearly 8,000 square feet of commercial space, according to New York YIMBY.

The area also has work underway on the first section of the Columbia Waterfront Park, part of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, a 14-mile project to connect Greenpoint to Bay Ridge.

49 Summit St Apt. 1C$2,100,000
145 CARROLL GARDENS$2,295,000 - $4,500,000
Brand new and grandly renovated residence$5,995,000
Are you dreaming of living on a classic Brooklyn Landmarked block but can't find the spaces and finishes you need in the existing inventory ?$6,800,000
148 Baltic Street is a beautifully renovated four story townhouse with five bedrooms and three and a half baths in the heart of Cobble Hill.$6,250,000
THE FINAL RESIDENCES YOUR LAST CHANCE TO LIVE IN A COBBLE HILL LANDMARK.$4,150,000
Luxurious three bedroom, three and a half bath Boerum Hill showpiece home with parking.$3,995,000
Immediate Occupancy ! Comes with an indoor parking space and over 600 SF of PRIVATE outdoor space !$3,500,000
This 3 bedroom, 2 full bath condo on the border of Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights is in pristine condition, and has the most beautiful and spacious 400sf terrace with ...$2,995,000
The first re sale at the Polhemus Residences !$2,900,000
$2,095,000
An exceedingly charming home, this two bedroom, one bathroom is the perfect urban oasis with light flooded rooms, and private outdoor space in a boutique Brooklyn Heights cooperative.$1,149,000
This charming and bright one bedroom unit is beautifully laid out and features large windows with impeccable noise abatement facing east and west for stunning sunrise and sunset views.$549,000
This spacious and modern 1 BD I BA condo offers sophisticated, easy living in the iconic Cobble Hill Towers, a prewar building community with wonderful amenities like an expansive green ...$415,000
Welcome to 439 Hicks Street Apt.$499,000
Welcome to the Columbia Waterfront neighborhood which borders Carroll Gardens, Red Hook and Cobble Hill and just steps to the Brooklyn Bridge waterfront park and promenade.$799,000
Refined loft living with PARKING in the Columbia Waterfront District.$1,395,000
Welcome to 156 Sackett Street 6AB A Located in the heart of BrooklynA s Columbia Waterfront Districted right on the border of Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, this massive top ...$1,850,000
This fully renovated 1 bedroom Condo with a deeded parking spot and 2 large private outdoor balconies off of the living room amp ; bedroom is not to miss.$599,000
This east and west facing condo think cross breezes and sunset and garden views !$499,000
Streamlined, contemporary and beautifully renovated 3 bedroom 2 bath condo vibrantly located where Cobble Hill meets the Columbia Waterfront.$1,595,000
This sun flooded penthouse with spectacular harbor views is now available at historic 1 Tiffany Place.$1,195,000
With views from the Verrazano Bridge to Downtown Manhattan and exposed brick this bright, unique, two family property is sure to amaze.$2,100,000
This is a rare opportunity to purchase a one bedroom at the highly sought after Columbia Commons condominium with approximately 14 years left on a 25 year tax abatement.$719,000
Welcome to 431 Hicks Street Apt 4J, a beautifully renovated 1 bedroom 1 bath.$475,000
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