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Heading south brings us into the hood known as Carroll Gardens. It goes from Degraw St to the Gowanus Expwy (I-278) between the Gowanus Canal and the East River. This hood is mostly residential. The area wasn't settled until the early 19th century by the Irish. They had given it the name after Richard Carroll, who was the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence. In 1846, Richard Butts had created spacious front yards in the oldest section. In the late 1800's, Italians started to dominate Carroll Gardens. Being the fact that it was sandwiched by the East River and Gowanus Canal, it became a major shipping port. In 1918, Al Capone got married at St Mary's Star of the Sea Church. The Gowanus Canal was where many mobs have dissapeared. In 1933, the MTA had built an el to carry the subway across it along Smith St. In the 1940's the Brooklyn-Queens Expwy bisected part of it. In recent years, Carroll Gardens did get some publicity by having the movie Moonstruck take place here. The area where Butts made the front yards became a landmark. Myriads of elaborate displays can be seen at the brownstones durring Christmas, Easter, and Halloween at First Pl. Also, St Stephens Church has been known for its processions that it does on Good Friday. You can get here by taking the subway to Carroll St-Smith St (F, G) and Smith-9th St (F, G). Here is what you will find in Carroll Gardens.










































































































































 
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