Ask many Brooklynites, and they’ll probably tell you that Brooklyn lives up to its hype. The truth is most New Yorkers who call the borough home are drawn to larger apartments and a slower pace than Manhattan and really want to live there.
Also, Kings County, the borough is New York City’s most populous, housing more than 2.7 million people, slightly fewer folks than Chicago. But despite Brooklyn’s dense population, the “Borough of Trees,” as it’s sometimes called, offers a cluster of unique neighborhoods brimming with small-town appeal. If you moved to New York and want to settle in Kings County, here’s a glance at five of Roadway Moving’s favorite neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Recognized for its cool, hipster vibe, this pocket of North Brooklyn can easily be reached from Manhattan by crossing its namesake bridge or riding the L subway line. Adjacent to Greenpoint and Bushwick, Williamsburg is peppered with trendy restaurants like the Peruvian-inspired Llama Inn and Italian wood-fired favorite Lilia and the fabulous Mesa Coyoacan .
There’s also fantastic nightlife, artisan shops and galleries, and some of the city’s most impressive street art, so rest assured, the area attracts a creative crowd. If you like an urban feel but prefer less of a big city atmosphere, Williamsburg could be the place for you to rent or buy a home.
As the name implies, many houses in this section of the borough showcase beautiful gardens in their front yards. Nestled between Cobble Hill and Red Hook with Gowanus to the east, Carroll Gardens is only about four blocks wide. Architecturally, the historic district features beautiful landmark buildings, so expect to discover a collection of 19th-century Neo-Grec and Italianate townhouses.
Carroll Park is this tiny neighborhood’s green space and an ideal spot to play kickball and baseball or shoot hoops. The area’s one downfall is subway access. If you choose to live in Carroll Gardens, you’ll have only two train lines: the F takes you to Manhattan, and the G goes to Queens and travels within Brooklyn.
Rows of brownstones, tree-lined streets, and growing families are a given in this in-demand neighborhood between Prospect Heights, Gowanus, and Greenwood Heights, with Prospect Park along the eastern edge. Often referred to as “The Slope” by locals, Park Slope entices single people too because of its proximity to the 500-plus-acre park, Brooklyn’s equivalent of Central Park.
Fifth Avenue is the neighborhood’s main street, providing terrific shopping choices such as Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store, Something Else of Fifth, and Beacon’s Closet. Park Slope residents have plenty to choose from for a delicious meal out, including Stone Park Cafe, Fausto, and Miriam.
When someone envisions brownstone Brooklyn, this slice of the borough probably comes to mind. Undoubtedly one of New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods, Brooklyn Heights is also a small enclave. It’s next to Downtown Brooklyn and north of Cobble Hill, stretching from Atlantic Avenue to Old Fulton Street and Court Street and Cadman Plaza West to the East River.
As a place to live, Brooklyn Heights checks all the boxes. Leafy blocks with impeccably restored brownstones and a laid-back feel make the area desirable and expensive. Plus, the Brooklyn Heights Promenade promises jaw-dropping vistas of Lower Manhattan, a nice bonus on top of a nicer address. For outdoor space, Brooklyn Bridge Park has picnic tables, barbecue grills, and places to kick back and do nothing while soaking up East River views.
No, it’s not the elephant, but “Down Under the Manhattan-Brooklyn Overpass.” Only one stop on the subway from Lower Manhattan, this neighborhood is adjacent to Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. With a convenient location, charming cobblestone, lofty apartments, a dynamic arts community, and Brooklyn Bridge views, it’s no surprise that Dumbo has become one of New York’s most coveted spots to live.
Monthly gallery walks, Jane’s Carousel, Brooklyn Flea––a flea market held on Sundays from April to October––are more reasons to move to this corner of Brooklyn. Reach Dumbo on the A/C, 2/3, or F train. Or hop the East River Ferry, instead.
Are you considering a move to Brooklyn? When hiring NYC movers in Brooklyn, be sure the company has experience working in the borough. As a top moving company in NYC, Roadway Moving has experience in all of these Brooklyn neighborhoods.
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