In the 1800s, Boerum Hill was settled as a Manhattan suburb, where families enjoyed small-town living in the shadow of the emerging city. The neighborhood has gone through periods of prosperity and strife, but in the 1970s and 1980s New Yorkers began to revitalize Boerum Hill. Neighborhood pioneers refurbished townhouses, and new dining destinations on Smith Street have made it a desirable and fashionable Brooklyn neighborhood.
In Boerum Hill, you can expect a slower-paced, peaceful lifestyle. Residents enjoy pleasant days outdoors on their stoops or at the park. Still, you're never short of things to do. Over the past few decades, shop owners and restaurateurs have found homes for their businesses in Boerum Hill. A variety of restaurants have popped up recently. Smith Street is lined with restaurants and bars like Saul, Char No. 4, and Clover Club, and has become a destination for Brooklyn foodies. Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill has become a popular destination for boutique shopping. Big names like Jonathan Adler and Nunu Chocolates have their flagship stores here, and specialty stores like Cheryl Kleinman Cakes and Acorn give this wide street a more intimate feel.
Boerum Hill might give you the feeling of being in a different decade. Some areas are a historical landmark, and residents have taken great care to preserve their beloved neighborhood. Exquisite building facades harken back to the days of horses and buggies, but are now in the middle of a prosperous and popular neighborhood. Even though Boerum Hill maintains strong ties with its roots, it’s a neighborhood that welcomes newcomers with open arms, and even a good meal. We’ll raise a glass to that.
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