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.

145 CARROLL GARDENS$2,295,000 - $4,500,000
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 ?$5,988,000
Luxurious three bedroom, three and a half bath Boerum Hill showpiece home with parking.$3,995,000
COLUMBIA WATERFRONT District Investment Property Available Welcome to 132 Degraw Street.$3,695,000
This 3 bedroom condo on the border of Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights is in pristine condition could come with an indoor PARKING SPACE.$2,795,000
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 ...$399,000
Incredible water views ! 417 Hicks 6B is a top floor fully renovated apartment and the best condo deal in Brooklyn !$400,000
Streamlined, contemporary and beautifully renovated 3 bedroom 2 bath condo vibrantly located where Cobble Hill meets the Columbia Waterfront.$1,550,000
Located in historic Cobble Hill, 439 Hicks Street, Apartment 5D is a beautifully renovated one bedroom, one bath condominium with open city views and peeks of New York Harbor.$500,000
Welcome to 25 Carroll Street, a spacious and stylish loft like condo in the vibrant Columbia Waterfront District.$975,000
This is NOT your cookie cutter apartment.$1,450,000
Live on highly sought after, cobblestone Tiffany Place in this spacious and unique duplex with a private terrace.$990,000
Welcome to 156 Sackett Street 6AB ?$1,725,000
One of a kind, extraordinarily finished 2BR 1BA with private outdoor space in Brooklyn Heights now available !$1,535,000
Modern elegance defines this masterfully crafted 3 unit Red Hook townhouse !$2,495,000
Located in historic Cobble Hill, this two bedroom, one bath condominium has undergone a complete renovation.$793,000
364 Columbia Street is a beautiful mint modern brownstone at the crossroads of Red Hook and Carroll Gardens.$2,395,000
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