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.

Sunny Two Bedroom Condo in the Columbia Waterfront District$1,125,000
145 CARROLL GARDENS$2,295,000 - $4,500,000
Brand new and grandly renovated residence$5,995,000
Now offering private virtual showings.$6,400,000
Best Value in Cobble Hill 20' wide, beautifully renovated, bright and airy, and a prime location !$5,500,000
104 President Street, an 8 Unit brick building in the Columbia Street Waterfront District Carroll Gardens area is a savvy investors dream chock full of value add opportunities !$4,595,000
Open House BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 17 Cheever Place is a bright and welcoming single family townhouse on one of Cobble Hill's most beloved Place streets.$4,250,000
CONTEMPORARY LANDMARKED TOWNHOUSE This Cobble Hill townhouse is one of just five buildings built from the ground up in 2015 that were designed by the acclaimed Adjmi amp ; Andreoli ...$3,995,000
This Cobble Hill townhouse is one of just five buildings built from the ground up in 2015 that were designed by the acclaimed Adjmi amp ; Andreoli Architects.$3,995,000
Grand in scale at 22 feet wide, this classic Brooklyn townhouse is clad in brownstone amp ; brick.$3,600,000
Welcome home to 523 527 Hicks Street, a rare opportunity for a savvy buyer !$3,495,000
OUTDOOR TERRACES amp ; ENDLESS VIEWS !$3,150,000
Penthouse E at 78 Amity is the complete package !$2,995,000
Fabulous Boutique 1602 sf 3 Bedroom 2 bath condo in prime Brooklyn Heights, has it all INC your own terrace with stunning sunset views !$2,549,000
Stunning three bedroom two bathroom apartment for sale in the Columbia water front district.$1,215,000
Impeccably designed, sprawling and sun lit penthouse with knockout Hudson River and Downtown Manhattan Views !$1,300,000
Designer renovated, light and airy one bedroom condo at Cobble Hill Towers !$700,000
Refined loft living in the Columbia Waterfront.$1,388,750
Beautiful and stunning split two bedroom condo penthouse apartment with LARGE, PRIVATE ROOFTOP TERRACE offering views of New York Harbor, Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn and New York City ...$1,150,000
This beautiful two bed two bath condo with over 1, 200 square feet is located in the idyllic, sought after neighborhood of Cobble Hill.$1,435,000
With your own private entrance from the beautifully landscaped and gated courtyard, this home offers ideal condo living.$1,745,000
With your own private entrance from the beautifully landscaped and gated courtyard, this home offers ideal condo living.$1,745,000
Prepare to be wowed upon entering this gorgeous 3 bedroom one of which is a lofted full height room with walls and a closet, and a window to the interior ...$1,650,000
Yes you can have it all in Cobble Hill.$1,545,000
Lofty 2 bedroom, 2 bath sunny duplex located in the Cobble Hill School Condominium with a PARKING spot.$1,395,000
Blending contemporary design with sophisticated charm, this breathtaking 3 bed, 2 bath residence features a serene private roof deck, deeded parking space and a private storage unit, all in a ...$1,795,000
Impeccably upgraded and renovated three bedroom, two bathroom with balcony in a small boutique new development elevator condominium built in 2006 on charming, brick paved Tiffany Place.$1,250,000
NEW KITCHEN ! ! BRAND NEW APPLIANCES !$629,000
Welcome to 473 Hicks Street 3 This spacious two bedroom, two bath apartment gets incredible Western exposure, and features two private outdoor spaces in one of the most charming and ...$1,575,000
Refined. Custom. Space. This enormous garden duplex stunner sitting on the coveted Cobble Hill Carroll Gardens border has been fully and thoughtfully renovated by the current owner to maximize comfort, ...$2,595,000
BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY !$399,000
Nestled in the heart of Brooklyn's coveted Columbia Street Waterfront District, this incredibly rare one bedroom, two full bathroom duplex with an amazing outdoor terrace has two additional windowed rooms ...$1,278,500
One of a kind penthouse duplex in the heart of Brooklyn Heights !$2,200,000
The ultimate in outdoor living !$1,390,000
New photos and video tour coming soon.$850,000
Soaring ceilings, a large built in bookcase and thoughtful banquette flanking the dining area invite you into this one of a kind home.$1,195,000
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