Widely considered one of Brooklyn’s most beautiful neighborhoods, Carroll Gardens is known for its tree-lined streets and splendid architecture. In other words, it’s an ideal pocket of New York to explore by foot on a nice day. If you have a warm, or at least mild, sunny day during your stay at NU Hotel, spend time in Carroll Gardens enjoying one or more of these activities.
Imbibe at Gowanus Yacht Club
Located on the border of Gowanus and Carroll Gardens, Gowanus Yacht Club is the go-to wine-and-dine rooftop for residents of both neighborhoods. The casual hangout spot has a great, affordably priced beer selection and quality bar fare. Gowanus Yacht Club’s welcoming rooftop deck is a 10-minute walk from NU Hotel.
Relax in Carroll Park
Planned as a private garden in the late 1840s, Brooklyn’s third-oldest park has been a public green space since 1853. Like the surrounding neighborhood, this pleasant park is named for American revolutionary and Declaration of Independence signer Charles Carroll. The park has charming historic character, well-tended plants, and children’s play equipment. A nice place to rest your feet after a long day of walking, Carroll Park is a 15-minute stroll from NU Hotel.
Admire Carroll Gardens’ Historic Brownstones
Where historic brownstone blocks in Brooklyn are concerned, it doesn’t get much better than the numbered streets south of President between Smith and Hoyt. To glimpse these architectural beauties, walk south down Smith Street from NU Hotel until you hit President Street. 1st Street, 2nd Street, and 3rd Street’s brownstones are particularly impressive. For some eye-catching diminutive rowhouses (often described as having “hobbit doors,” walk a few blocks further down Smith Street. When you hit Luquer Street, turn right and walk a half-block to Dennet Place. The rowhouses line Dennet Place between Luquer and Nelson Streets.
Satiate Your Sundae Craving
After working up a sweat in the sun and burning off some calories, indulge in of Brooklyn’s best sundaes. Operating out of an old apothecary building on Henry Street, Brooklyn Farmacy’s enormous sundaes get rave reviews. The shop serves 14 specialty sundaes, including the Cooking Channel-featured Mr. Potato Head. How is this unique sundae crafted? North Fork potato chips and small-batch vanilla ice cream are smothered in Farmacy’s homemade peanut butter and warm caramel sauce before being topped with whipped cream.
Across the street, the MilkMade Tasting Room frequently makes lists of New York’s best ice cream. Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain and the MilkMade Tasting Room are both a 15-minute walk from NU Hotel.
Window Shop Court and Smith Streets
Contemporary Carroll Gardens is chic-boutique central. If you’re walking from NU Hotel, you’ll pass through equally retail-friendly Cobble Hill on your way. Cross Atlantic Street and head south on Smith or Court Street for tempting displays of fashionable wardrobe pieces, jewelry, styilsh home decor, fancy cheeses, and other artisanal goods. Don’t miss Woods Grove for vintage gifts, Papel New York for stationery, Shen Beauty for beauty supplies, Refinery for leather-laden fashion accessories, and Article& for women’s apparel.