Close-Up on Cobble Hill

Best Stores: Cobble Hill supports two independent bookstores: stellar Book Court (161-163 Court Street, 718-875-3677) and the dirt-cheap, disheveled Community Bookstore (212 Court Street, 718-834-9494). Rashid Music Sales (155 Court Street, 718-852-3295) has sold Arabic-language tunes since 1934. Cobble Hill's flagship Home Spa (300 Court Street, 718-596-8668) offers holistic health counseling as well as skincare and massage. Staffers say they appeal to vanity rarely and only to seduce customers into a healthy lifestyle. Clients "feel an energy here that draws them to us," says owner Debra Ann Townes. "There's something out there that's not right. If we were to sell hugs for a dollar, people would line up around the block."

Politicians: City Councilman Bill DeBlasio, State Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman, State Senator Martin Connor, and Congressional Representatives Nydia M. Velazquez and Major Owens; all Democrats.

Once a Punkiesberg, now over the Hill
photo: Nicole Kief
Once a Punkiesberg, now over the Hill

Crime Stats: The 76th Precinct serves Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, and Red Hook. As of September 25, 2005, it reported 2 murders, 2 rapes, 113 felonious assaults, and 122 burglaries. (As of mid-April, it reported no murders, same as the previous year-to-date; four rapes, up one; 23 robberies, down 15; 21 felonious assaults, up one; and 34 burglaries, down four. Between 1993 and 2003, crime dropped 61.21 percent, less than the city's overall 66.05 percent decrease).

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