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Settled by Dutch farmers in 1640, Cobble Hill is a quaint residential area surrounded by Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens. The area comprises 22 city blocks, much of it contained in the Cobble Hill Historic District.
Initially called Ponkiesbergh and then, together with Carroll Gardens, South Brooklyn, Cobble Hill is a reference to the cobblestones used to stabilize ships that were frequently discarded in the area.
Today, Cobble Hill's famous cobblestones adorn its beautiful streets. The quaint neighborhood boasts a diverse community with Dutch, Italian, Irish, Native American, Swedish and English influences; and is a perfect location for families who want the upscale, small-town atmosphere of Carroll Gardens, with a slightly lower price-tag.
Cobble Hill has a particularly charming historic district with some beautiful architecture. Notable buildings include Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emes, the oldest continually operating synagogue in Brooklyn, and Old Saint Paul's Catholic Church, which was erected in 1838 and is Brooklyn's oldest Catholic Church in continuous use.
Notable residents of Cobble Hill include Winston Churchill's mother Lady Randolph Churchill, who was born on Amity Street, and popular recording artist Norah Jones.
Cobble Hill is home to three schools. John M. Harrigan School is known for its excellence in extracurricular activities. There's also the Brooklyn School for Global Studies and the Success Academy, a charter school with high-performing schools throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Cobble Hill has a flourishing weekend nightlife with the growth of Smith Street's "Restaurant Row." Residents and visitors will also enjoy exploring Italian meat markets such as the Staubitz Meat Market on Court Street.