When most outsiders think of living in New York City, they picture the excitement and luxury of living in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, but Brooklyn has so many things to offer that make it a world-class destination in and of itself.
With the largest population of all NYC boroughs, it can be intimidating trying to find the right neighborhood to live in or visit, which is why we have compiled a list of our favorites.
1. Brooklyn Heights:
The Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass or DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights have been used for numerous Hollywood shots, and is a neighborhood where you will find some spectacular spots in the entire borough.
Iconic buildings of Manhattan are clearly visible when you walk down the Brooklyn Heights Promenade on way to the Waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park.
The best pizza in NYC is available at Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, and you can get a good read at the PowerHouse Arena that is all about fashion, fine art and pop culture.
Not to mention housing is much more affordable in this hip enclave than in Manhattan.
For those with a creative bent, the L train is waiting to take you to Williamsburg.
The hipster, almost-gritty neighborhood is mostly crowded with artistic types who spend their time in the cool coffee joints or in Brooklyn Bowl, where live music, cocktails and bowling brighten up the nights.
You also get to shop at the boutiques on the Bedford Avenue and being a waterfront community you can easily use the East River Ferry to take you to Midtown or Wall Street.
New condos in Williamsburg are spacious and give you total value for money.
3. Park Slope:
Park Slope is a posh neighborhood that has to its credit brownstones and row houses worth millions of dollars. It is a family-centric neighborhood where mostly Manhattan transplants and young professionals reside with access to sophisticated bodegas as well as delicious cuisine and craft beer. The Union Hall is one-of-a-kind bar that covers 5000 square-feet with bookshelves and leather couches. You can also spend your mornings in Prospect Park (585 acre) while sipping on coffee from the Cafe Regular.
Greenpoint was once home to the Polish immigrants, but it now reflects of a mixture of both old and new cultures, opening its arms to indie bookshops, dive bars and unconventional galleries that stand beside historic storefronts, eateries of the Old World and various other stalwarts. The McCarren Park, with options in swimming, ice skating (seasonal) and pick-up baseball, will help you burn down a few extra calories that you gain from pastry shops that offer handmade varieties of a wide range of desserts. Greenpoint is home to some of the most fascinating condos and Williamsburg style houses, but the transportation is not very impressive, especially if you live in the northern part of this neighborhood.
The rich culture and history of this neighborhood has been an integral part of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The Victorian architecture of the buildings and the exclusive street fairs and block parties have however stayed a part of this neighborhood over time. Shop at Harold and Maude for vintage outfits and enjoy affordable organic meals at Eugene & Co. Bar Lunatico will light up your nights playing live music of all genres. The neighborhood is worth investing your hard-earned money into.
The vibrant and diversified neighborhood of Bushwick is home to various ethnicities. There is significant difference between the low-income housing projects and the prominent, wealthier areas of Bushwick. The Memorial Gore Park is a historic site that offers relaxation in this neighborhood, but that does not mean that nightlife and good restaurants are lacking in this borough in any way. People mostly opt to stay here because of convenient transportation (buses and trains) options to travel to Manhattan. Metropolis Moving has chosen Bushwick as the location for their headquarters, so you can be assured that the neighborhood has the food, drink, and culture to rival any neighborhood in NYC.
7. Brighton Beach:
Although, this neighborhood lost its popularity as weekend playground post World War II, but the establishment of new enterprises have been able to restore Brighton Beach to its former glory. The distinct culture of Russians is prevalent here with Central Europeans settling in this neighborhood. The public transportation includes buses and subway, taking as long as 1 hour to reach Manhattan. The beach may pose trouble for parking space, but all other facilities including medical and schools are highly impressive in Brighton Beach neighborhood.
8. Sheepshead Bay:
The Russians have a huge influence on the culture of Sheepshead Bay, however, today the diversity in the community is evident with Asians settling in this neighborhood.
This diversity is evident because of the restaurants and shops, mostly along the Emmons Avenue. Housing options in this waterfront community include co-ops, condos and 1 or 2 detached family homes.
While the public transportation is not varied, the Belt Parkway can be easily accessed from Sheepshead Bay.
9. Boerum Hill:
Boerum Hill has transformed from its notorious reputation for housing criminal activities, into one that is family-friendly and trendy. The tight-knit community in this neighborhood is warm, friendly and work hard to keep the place clean and safe. Tudor private residences, brownstone and brick houses stand in the company of new upscale co-ops, apartment complexes and condos. The traffic here is quite heavy on the Atlantic Avenue, but the rest of the neighborhood is peaceful.
10. Manhattan Beach:
An affluent neighborhood, Manhattan Beach houses a massive beach park and the Kingsborough Community College. Most of the houses here are single-family houses with private garages and green lawns, with swimming pools in some of them. The unified and strong community in this town is built by families that have lived here for several generations. With the ocean right next to your house, Manhattan Beach makes a pretty comfortable neighborhood for you. There are many reasons to move to Brooklyn, including its colorful assortment of people, culture, food, and activities to enjoy. It would take a lifetime to truly experience it all. This borough is defined by creativity, community, and culture. Now that you’re ready to move to Brooklyn, you need a trustworthy team of moving professionals to help you get settled into your new surroundings. Check out our tips for minimizing stress while moving, then fill out our easy-to-use online form to request a quote from us.