The Real Deal New York

Columbia Waterfront neighborhood booming

March 01, 2012 11:30AM

For years the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway was a malignant “trench” dividing the Columbia Waterfront area and neighboring communities Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill, the New York Post wrote. But these days that division is less of a barrier, as the area north of the “trench” is experiencing a boom, the paper said.

“What we love about living over here is that it’s relatively close to Court Street and Smith Street, but you have this little community, cut off by [the highway] that’s its own little neighborhood,” said resident Robin Marshall, who bought a three-bedroom condominium last year at Columbia Commons, at 110 Warren Street, along the waterfront, an area south of Atlantic Avenue, north of the Gowanus Expressway and east of the BQE.

And the restaurants and amenities have followed, in a wave of gentrification, the Post said. James Beard Award-winning chef Andy Ricker has announced he will open a Thai restaurant called Pok Pok in the next couple months, on Columbia Street. Meanwhile, the retail space at condo development One Brooklyn Bridge, at 360 Furman Street, boasts a wine store and a doggie spa, sure harbingers of rising incomes. [Post]