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Projects & Proposals > Brooklyn > Carroll Gardens Printer Friendly Version
Carroll Gardens Narrow Street/Wide Street Zoning Text Amendment - Approved!
Existing Context and Zoning
Overview | Existing Context and Zoning | Proposed Actions | Public Review

The Carroll Gardens neighborhood is predominantly occupied by three- and four-story single and multi-family row houses with front yards.  A few apartment buildings rising to five stories and some one- and two-story accessory parking and storage structures are also present.  A small number of non-residential uses include local retail and service establishments, houses of worship, and lots owned by New York City Transit associated with the F and G subway line running below and along Smith Street.  A public elementary school, P.S. 58, and a private K-8 school are within the area.

The historic brownstones of Carroll Gardens were constructed in the mid-19th century, and are notable for their deep front garden yards, from which the neighborhood derives its name. The Brooklyn Law of 1846 established the gardens on 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Places, requiring front yards of 33 feet 5 ¼ inches.  The neighborhood was populated at the time by residents working in shipping and industrial businesses in the adjacent Red Hook neighborhood.  More recently, as brownstone Brooklyn’s popularity has risen, Carroll Gardens has witnessed rising home values and development pressure that has resulted in out-of-context development on low-rise brownstone blocks.

3rd Place between Court Street and Smith Street
3rd Place between Court Street and Smith Street
The streets affected by the proposed text amendment (1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and 4th Place; 2nd Street, Carroll Street and President Street between Smith Street and Hoyt Street) are zoned R6, with C1-3 and C2-3 overlays on some blocks along Court and Smith Streets.   The blocks of Carroll Street and President Street between Smith Street and Hoyt Street are within the Carroll Gardens Historic District, designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1973.  In R6 districts the maximum floor area ratio for residential buildings is 2.43, however buildings on wide streets that are developed under the Quality Housing Program may have a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) of 3.0 and can have a maximum building height of 70 feet.  The ability to utilize the more liberal bulk regulations for wide streets has resulted in out-of-context development on the subject blocks.

Brief explanations of terms in green italics can be viewed by clicking on the term. Words and phrases followed by an asterisk (*) are defined terms in the Zoning Resolution, primarily in Section 12-10. Consult the Zoning Resolution for the official and legally binding definitions of these words and phrases.
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