“Carroll Gardens is very much still a Sesame Street kind of community,” said Maria Pagano, president of the neighborhood association, which has been focusing opposition on construction projects it describes as out of scale. “That means people get out there and do things; they’re involved,” she said.
And 1st Place specifically garners praise for its proliferation of 25' wide brownstones. The article could have been three times as long and still not have scratched the surface of what's so great about this neighborhood. A worthwhile read.