Carroll Gardens was born after the Gowanus Expressway divided it away from its former Red Hook boundary in 1941. Settled by Italian-American dock workers from both Red Hook and the Navy Yard starting in the late 19th Century, it remains steeped in that culture even after becoming a popular destination for ex-Manhattanites. In the 1960s, young upper-middle class professionals began to be attracted to the area by its convenience to Manhattan, and its reputation as a safe and quiet place to live. In 1973 the Carrol Garden’s Historic District was designated. Brownstones in this area have unique large lots with front yards which helped coin the “Gardens” part of this lush and beautiful neighborhood’s name. Its main retail strip on Court Street houses some of Brooklyn’ most popular restaurants – Buttermilk Channel, Frankie’s 457 Spuntino, and Lucali. The neighborhoods that border it are Cobble Hill to the northwest, Boerum Hill to the northeast, Gowanus to the east, Red Hook to the south, and the Columbia Street Waterfront District on its west.