In 1846, Richard Butts designed the famous expansive front gardens that adorn the middle-class neighborhood’s numerous brownstones. The splendidly decorated gardens attract many visitors during the Christmas holiday season. Yet, Carroll Park offers additional green spaces year-round, providing opportunities for recreation, including the usage of its ever-popular ball courts and play areas. Settled by the Irish Americans during the early nineteenth century, Italian American families now populate most the area. Residents are known to frequent the charming local boutiques, pastry shops, and restaurants.