Columbia Street Waterfront District is one of Brooklyn’s smallest neighborhoods. It was formed in 1957 when the newly-built Brooklyn-Queens Expressway effectively separated Columbia Street from Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill.
The neighborhood is bounded by Atlantic Avenue to the north; the Gowanus Expressway/Hugh L. Carey tunnel to the south; the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the east; and the East River to the west. Those looking at homes in the district are most likely looking at homes in Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, and Brooklyn Heights too. Because the neighborhood is so small, it is sometimes considered an extension of these other neighborhoods.