The only thing worse than angry NPR letter-writers may be Brownstoner commenters.
Sure, I complain about Carroll Gardens all the time, but it's because it's so damn nice that it's overrun (I prefer crappier and desolate, yes). I've never once heard a peep from anyone who has visited from other neighborhoods that my block is particularly loathesome yet a post about a well-priced coop in the building next store to mine garnered these excerpted gems:
Gritty grimy locale. Not near…anything. OK, its a short job to the gas station. Lousy block.
Near both the BQE and Hamilton, making the location less than charming.
Too bad about the closeness to the BQE
Location is so-so (bit of a hike to the train, and too close to BQE)
There’s also a building for sale across the street where the broker paints quite a different picture:
All this on one of Carroll Gardens best Brooklyn brownstone blocks! 4th Place offers huge double wide front and back gardens North and south airy and Bright exposures. Amazing restaurants such as Frankie's 451 and Prime Meats just a block away! A few steps to public transportation.
Ok, those are some long steps to public transportation, a solid ten-minute's worth of walking. But seriously, I think I'm deaf or desensitized because the BQE is completely a non-issue.