Boerum Hill

Photos by Paul Frangipane

Smith Street is where businesses and restaurants frolic in Boerum Hill. With a variety of storefronts, the street attracts residents young and old.

Boerum Hill is filled with tree-lined blocks of row houses, each giving off its own unique flare while standing in line with the rest.

Maintaining a small-town feel in a big city, a slab of wood serves as a public news forum on a residential street.

The Transit Museum, located in a decommissioned subway station on Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street gives visitors a look back into the city’s extensive and now crumbling transit system.

The former Ex-Lax factory on Atlantic Avenue has since been converted into coop apartments.

The neighborhood’s dedication to gardening is evident, showcased by the many collections of greenery around the blocks. Here a garden gnome seems to guard over a secluded garden.

Wyckoff Street resident and artist Susan Gardner’s new piece is a rendition of “Mother Earth” to bring awareness to climate change and the federal government’s lack of action toward delaying it further. Gardner creates exhibits like this one on the front of her Boerum Hill building.

A man contemplates his next move in a game of sidewalk dominoes at the corner of Smith Street.

A resident’s sign warns customers of the next-door cafe not to litter their coffee cups on the lawn.

The mural called “Sign Language,” shows a boy climbing a street sign at Pacific and Smith streets with the Brooklyn House of Detention looming in the background. The mural was designed by 12 young artists with the help of street artists Chris Stain and Billy Mode.

Now the Brooklyn Inn on the corner of Bergen and Hoyt streets, it once operated as the Boerum Hill Café with a prohibition era speakeasy. The neighborhood’s low profile at the time attracted the kind of underground behavior.

Near Fourth and Atlantic avenues, businesses catering to African and Islamic cultures opened to appeal to the neighborhood’s demographics.

Wide ethnic diversity can be seen in Boerum Hill’s section of Atlantic Avenue.

At the southern end of the neighborhood, the Wyckoff Gardens public housing development stands in a tree-filled pocket off from the nearby highway.

Next to Wyckoff Gardens is the Gowanus Houses. Together they house more than 1,600 apartments for residents that can often be seen socializing on benches in the courtyards and waving to neighbors.

An old water tank on top of the Gowanus Houses seen from the community basketball court.

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