Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, New York

Living in Boerum Hill

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One of the most charming neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Boerum Hill is well-known for its tree-lined streets and historic brownstone houses. The Boerums were Dutch people who arrived in Brooklyn in the year 1649 and rose to eminence as farmers in this neighborhood. The area was referred to as South Brooklyn until the neighborhood gained popularity in 1990s and the name “Boerum Hill” was then appointed.


Bordering the northern edge of Gowanus, this neighborhood lies east of Cobble Hill and south of Brooklyn Heights. Families and young professionals make up the diverse population of Boerum Hill, most of them find the neighborhood’s suburban feel eye-catching. Its close proximity to downtown Manhattan, historic architecture, and easy and instant access to mass transit attract residents from all over.


Boerum Hill earns its reputation as a residential neighborhood with a calm pace of life, shops and restaurants. In recent years, plenty of adventurous restaurants, cozy cafés and charming boutiques have opened up in this neighborhood. Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue are the top commercial districts of this neighborhood. Smith Street is a popular shopping and dining destination boasting many boutiques, great restaurants, nightclubs and bars. Explore Atlantic Avenue around Bond Street for quality fashion clothes and accessories. Here, you’ll find fun dining & shopping options, exciting entertainment locations, and outdoor activities for the whole family.


Home to high-class restaurants, arts and culture, Boerum Hill boasts a number of gorgeous row houses that were built in the 1850s. Most of these houses are Italianate, Greek Revival, and Gothic Revival houses but new houses are also being added to the area. No matter what your looking for, Boerum Hill is enticing to all ages.