Gridskipper put together a nice feature on our neighborhood in Brooklyn, including a snarky comparison:
Carroll Gardens featured on Gridskipper
Carroll Gardens is quaint, and for those in love with the West Village but who simply can’t afford to live there, it will do.
I’m not sure that I agree with this – we chose to live in Brooklyn over Manhattan, and I would argue that the neighborhoods to the north (Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill) are probably more fitting equivalents. Also, with few exceptions, Carroll Gardens is still very much a family neighborhood. Sure, it might be changing, but take a walk down our street during the day, and you’re going to see a lot of old men who’ve lived there for 50 years, as well as kids playing on the sidewalk. Err, maybe that is what the West Village is like.
Still, can’t deny that Carroll Gardens is awesome, and relatively affordable, considering the restaurant and bar options – we rarely make it into the city on weekends.
UPDATE: Haha, according to Curbed, the Telegraph in the UK draws another comparison with the neighborhoods in South Brooklyn:
In addition to its community spirit, BoCoCa offers architecture in tune with British taste…With their ornate cornices and tall sash windows, they resemble the type of period townhouse which British buyers might covet in London or Bath. It is easy to see why many an English expat would prefer living here to being filed away in the vast anonymous ziggurat that is a typical Manhattan apartment block.