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About Boerum Hill

Boerum Hill is the kind of neighborhood that partly belies its name. Despite the word “hill” in the name, the area is situated in a flat area of Brooklyn, New York. These days, the area is bordered by Schermerhorn Street to the north, Warren or Wyckoff Streets to the south, Fourth Avenue to the east, and Smith or Court Streets to the west.

The neighborhood's name is derived from the 80-acre colonial farm of the Boerum family, and most of the housing in the neighborhood are three-story Greek Revival and Italianate row-houses constructed during the mid-19th century. Initially, the area was occasionally referred to as “North Gowanus” after the nearby creek. However, upon seeing the old brick buildings, a new resident named Helen Buckler—she moved to the area in 1962—called the neighborhood “Boerum Hill” after initially thinking of naming it “Sycamore Hill” then discovering a 1775 map depicting the Boerum farm. Buckler founded the neighborhood association, which officially adopted the name in 1964. In its early years, the area was home to numerous working- and middle-class families. However, starting from the 1990s, gentrification set in, transforming the neighborhood into a rather affluent area.

Today, Boerum Hill is a vibrant, predominantly low-rise community of about 18,000 people. In addition to its famous brick townhomes, which now form the Boerum Hill Historic District—as well as newer ones that have sprung up over the past few decades—the neighborhood is renowned for its independent restaurants and boutiques. People can attend concerts and sporting events at the nearby Barclays Center, enjoy recreation at the Brooklyn Bridge and Prospect Parks, and participate in the Festival des Soupes—a soup cup-tasting event—every October.