Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill are neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Together, they extend from Atlantic Avenue to the North, Warren Street to the South, 4th Avenue to the East, and Clinton Street to the West, and are bordered by Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn to the North, Carroll Gardens to the South and Park Slope to the East.
Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill are best considered together, as a single neighborhood representative of both the old and the new Brooklyn.Young yuppies, upper middle class families, and remnants of a working-class, ethnic neighborhood can be found here. The area is safe and crime rates are relatively low here. Living in Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill is a good choice if you don't have money to throw at a place in one of the more desirable areas of Brooklyn or Manhattan.
Real estate prices vary. There are plenty of rental housing options in the neighborhood listed on craigslist.com, with a typical two bedroom going for between $2000 and $2500 a month, depending on the part of the neighborhood, the building, and whether or not the apartment has been renovated. Cheaper apartments can be found, but not for under $1800 for a two-bedroom. One-bedrooms run around $1200-$1500 a month, so the more people you choose to live with, the cheaper rent you are going to pay and the more economical moving to Boerum Hill or Cobble Hill becomes. The New York Times Real Estate section is a good place to look for homes for sale. Brownstone prices are generally above 2 million dollars, though in this economy, people are willing to sell their homes at far lower than their asking price.
One of the main drawbacks to this area is the lack of parks with Prospect Park being nearly two miles to the east. Still, these are relatively short runs or bike rides away, and the neighborhood has a very nice New York Sports Club on the corner of Boerum Place and Pacific Street for those who need a gym.
Smith Street is the center of the action in this area and is home to many bars and restaurants. Check out Angry Wades (on Smith and Butler ) for Sports, Ceol (on Smith and Warren) for Guinness, French fries, and Irish Music, and Boat (on Smith and Wyckoff ) for dancing, as well as others. Smith Street is known these days as Brooklyn's restaurant row, and is representative of the growing food culture in Brooklyn. There are some fancy, expensive restaurants to choose from in the Boerum/Cobble Hill area but the it is probably best known for cheap, ethnic eats. On Court Street, there's Joya, a great Thai restaurant with excellent Pad Thai for $6.95. Bar Tabac, a French restaurant, has excellent frites and is good for late night socializing, especially in the summer, because they have live music and outdoor seating. There are delicious and cheap Middle Eastern restaurants along Atlantic Avenue , both East and West of Court Street. Bedouin Tent, on Atlantic Ave and Bond Street is particularly good.
Good transportation links are one of the pluses to living here. The neighborhood is within a 10-minute walk of virtually every train line, with the F running along Smith Street , the 2/3/4/5/M and R trains passing through Borough Hall and A/C coming the Jay Street. From these stops, it's about a 15-minute train ride into lower Manhattan and takes less than half an hour to get to midtown.
Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill offers relatively affordable rent, ethnic diversity, and easy access to Manhattan. It is a good place to live and new arrivals will find these neighborhoods a good choice.