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By Carroll Gardens Office | on March 20,2012 at 4:24PM

Brownstone Real Estate recently took part in PS29's annual Eat Pie and Shop fundraiser. Brownstone has some VERY good bakers (who knew?), and we contributed ten pies. The “Pie Social” featured over 350 pies and was the school’s most successful event to date.  Multiple slices were gobbled up for a good cause and pie-covered fingers and faces were everywhere.

We set up a Brownstone table complete with giveaway fridge magnets, pens and as a special bonus for answering our question; “What’s your favorite block in the neighborhood?” we had photos of the neighborhood donated by local photographer, Kit Kaplan, (

Parents and friends of PS29 gave us over 70 blocks to be considered in our unofficial survey, and when we tallied up the votes there were some fun surprises.

Brownstone’s Unofficial Survey:
What’s your favorite residential block in the neighborhood?

This was not an easy decision for the largely local crowd and the consensus was definitely “That’s difficult. There are so many great blocks!” It’s true that these streets are a pleasure to walk. Brooklyn Heights always evokes oohs and ahhs of appreciation, of course. Willow Place and Garden Place rated honorable mention for their striking architecture and historical character.

When it came down to naming a favorite, however, the “places” took the day. Tompkins Place edged out Verandah Place by just two votes!  Below are the results of our totally unofficial survey:

Tompkins Place
Verandah Place
Tiffany Place
Clinton St. btw Kane & Degraw
Strong Place*
Second Place btw. Clinton & Henry*

*Tied for fifth place

Clinton Street between Kane and Degraw Streets broke into the top five by virtue of its “great block party” mentioned by everyone who voted for this block. We hear their secret is a jazz quartet! Tiffany Place was a bit of a surprise in the top five, but its edgy industrial character and beloved cobblestones attracted many voters.

Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, and the Columbia Street Waterfront District were all represented in the diverse responses. There was also a strong “my block” bias as many folks named the block they live on as their favorite. Cobble Hill Park, Carroll Park, Valentino Pier, and the waterfront park at IKEA all got enthusiastic thumbs up. The music festival at The Urban Meadow, run by Mike Golub and Tamar Smith, two PS29 parents, is apparently a big favorite among the locals.

Thanks to everyone who shared their selections with us! Please let us know if we missed a block and we will post new block comments right here. Over seventy blocks vied for the favorite residential block title, and it’s impossible to mention them all, but we hope everyone discovers at least one new block to stroll on. Here are a couple hidden gems that you might have missed: Dennett Place and Warren Place (this one is hard to find). We look forward to seeing you ’round the neighborhood.


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