Columbia St Waterfront District
Once considered the center of South Brooklyn, Columbia Street Waterfront District was separated from its neighbors by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. After a decades long construction effort to develop the area, the Waterfront District is finally up and coming. Talk of covering the BQE or making it “green” helped rejuvenate the district. Industrial containers and cranes block the East River from the street level but efforts by the community are opening up access to the waterfront and pushing for a ferry service to Manhattan. Trendy restaurants, live poultry markets, mom-and-pop vintage stores and boutiques line the neighborhood’s center, Columbia Street. Young professionals, families, artists and hipsters are attracted to the Waterfront District’s trendy yet inexpensive real estate. Old manufacturing buildings are being quickly converted into residential buildings and numerous three-to-five story row houses and brownstones are also available. Locals are wary of gentrification but there are some barriers to that fate –Columbia Street Waterfront District is miles away from any subway station.