The Columbia Street Waterfront District in Brooklyn, NY is a great, but often overlooked neighborhood. Visitors to nearby Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill often think that Brooklyn stops at the BQE, and stick to the slew of restaurants, stores, and bars on that side of it. Residents on that side of town also fail to venture over here as much as they should, as they have so many places of their own to choose from and no reliance on our transportation choices, as many of us have on theirs.
Down to the South, the grittier and often-hyped neighborhood of Red Hook (which the CSWD is technically part of, according to many) gets a lot more attention as well. Maybe it's the fact that the name is catchier, as well as easier to remember and pronounce. Or, maybe it's the fact that its unique mix of industry, housing, storefronts, and people, despite being similar to our own, is is even more extreme and noteworthy. It also probably provides a truer sense of adventure to those people that hear about all of the above and decide to make the trek into the neighborhood with even few transportation options than our own.
As a result of all this, the Columbia St. Waterfront District also seems to be lacking in any cohesive blogs. There are blogs by individuals about themselves or their businesses, and there are Broooklyn or Citywide blogs that mention the area, but there seem to be none that do what we plan to do: provide an all-encompassing look at the neighborhood by providing descriptions and profiles of events, activities, stores, restaurants, bars, people, places, spaces, issues, news, and everything that goes down on and around Columbia St - from Atlantic to Hamilton and from the BQE to the water.
We'll occasionally throw in a post about stuff we like in nearby neighborhoods like Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Gowanus, and Red Hook as well, as its hard to live in the CSWD without strolling through them, but they do already get a lot of attention.