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.

Showing by appointment only.$3,495,000
Columbia Street Waterfront District 3 Family Townhouse For Sale Introducing 97 Summit Street which is Nestled along a lovely quiet Tree Lined block in Columbia Street Waterfront District.$2,945,000
The first re sale at the Polhemus Residences !$2,750,000
Come home to the Cobble Hill House, the premier boutique condo in Brooklyn's most coveted brownstone neighborhood.$1,850,000
Embrace designer interiors, private outdoor space and open sky views in this gorgeous two bedroom, two bathroom condominium perfectly positioned in Brooklyn's Columbia Waterfront District.$1,250,000
Introducing 102 Summit Street This Two Bedroom, Two Full Bathrooms offers the Ultimate Best of Classic Modern Brooklyn Condo Living.$1,499,000
NEW ! ! Welcome home to Cobble hill, with tree lined blocks and iconic architecture.$699,000
New ! Mint condition 2 bedroom 2 bath condo with sunny north western views in highly sought after Cobble Hill.$1,750,000
Breathtaking designer style awaits in this sun splashed two bedroom, two bathroom condominium featuring expansive interiors and a wonderful location in a contemporary Columbia Waterfront District condominium.$1,300,000
We are pleased to present the newest boutique condominium on the Columbia Waterfront.$1,750,000
This is your chance to secure a stylish and spacious condo within The Cobble Hill House on the peaceful and prized Amity Street.$2,595,000
Conveniently located on the garden level of a 9 unit condominium in the desirable Columbia Street Waterfront neighborhood, this expansive, 2 bed, 2 bath apartment with home office and generous ...$2,000,000
This is a rare opportunity to purchase an oversized one bedroom at the highly sought after Columbia Commons condominium with approximately 14 years left on a 25 year tax abatement.$929,500
Introducing 102 Summit Street The Ultimate Best of Modern Brooklyn Living is this Newly Constructed expansive 3 bedroom Upper Duplex Enter to this Beautifully designed Open Concept floor plan that ...$2,499,900
Back on market ! With an immaculate renovation, welcome to a bright and over sized one bedroom condo, a truly rare Cobble Hill offering on a historic neighborhood with picturesque ...$725,000
This top floor 2 bedroom apartment is flooded with natural light from the 6 large windows.$1,075,000
Introducing 102 Summit Street Parlor Duplex The ultimate Best of Modern Brooklyn Living is this Newly Constructed Condo Enter to an open Concept Floor plan that combines Modern, Classic understated ...$2,449,900
Extra spacious one bedroom condo in former Tiffany warehouse.$700,000
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