Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough, is awash in history and culture. Originally a city in its own right, Brooklyn was joined with the surrounding areas, including Manhattan, in 1898 to form what we now know as modern day NYC. This rich history that goes back to the colonial era, has influenced the borough’s character, as well as its architecture, with large swaths of the borough being considered to be part of Brownstone Brooklyn as well as being designated historic districts. In recent decades even the neighborhoods outside of what would be considered prime Brooklyn have experienced a renaissance as the borough has been going through a major real estate and development boom.
Brooklyn’s Most Popular Neighborhoods
The most popular neighborhoods in Brooklyn on PropertyClub
Boerum Hill offers its residents a delightful mix of classic old-world Brooklyn brownstone living combined with a more trendy West Village type vibe. The neighborhood is known for its tranquil, tree-lined streets as well as its architecture and is home more than two hundred 19th century townhouses and brownstones, most of which are located in the to appropriately named Boerum Hill Historic District. The neighborhood is conveniently located in the heart of Brooklyn providing easy access to the borough’s many attractions and entertainment venues, including Barclays Center, and is also only a short 20 minute subway ride from Manhattan. Boerum Hill also offers plenty to do within its boundaries especially when it comes to the neighborhood’s thriving shopping, culinary and bar scenes. The area surrounding Smith and Court Streets in particular is home to a bevy of chic shops, designer boutiques, hip bars, and trendy restaurants.
Carroll Gardens offers its residents the perfect setting to experience quintessential Brooklyn brownstone living with a touch of European flair thrown in. The neighborhood’s tranquil, tree-lined streets and park give the neighborhood a laid back, relaxed air while its many trendy cafes, acclaimed restaurants, and chic boutiques create a vibrant social and entertainment scene. Named for Charles Carroll, one of colonial America’s wealthiest men and the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, Carroll Gardens has a rich cultural heritage. Over the years, Carroll Gardens has attracted many Irish, Italian, and most recently French immigrants, all of whom have left their mark on the neighborhood influencing its character with their culture and traditions. This is reflected in the many mom-and-pop businesses and artisanal shops you'll find in this tight-knit community.
Crown Heights is rich in history and culture, which, when coupled with the area’s attractive real estate prices, has quickly begun to attract an influx of new residents and businesses, helping to transform the neighborhood into one of Brooklyn’s up-and-coming hotspots. With its central location in the heart of Brooklyn, Crown Heights offers residents a bit of everything, including access to Brooklyn’s flagship park, Prospect Park, which is located on the neighborhood’s southwestern border, as well as cultural attractions like the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Many parts of the community offer up a timeless Brooklyn brownstone vibe with their tree-lined streets and historic townhouses, particularly in the Crown Heights North Historic District. The neighborhood is also home to significant Caribbean and Jewish communities and is known for its restaurant scene, rich culture, and vibrant nightlife.
Dumbo, an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, has quickly become one of Brooklyn’s hottest neighborhoods, appealing to New Yorkers with its raw, industrial architecture, picturesque cobblestone streets, relaxing waterfront and spectacular views of Manhattan. Formerly a manufacturing district, the neighborhood was colonized by a mix of artists, musicians, entrepreneurs, and creative types who converted its many vintage warehouse spaces into luxurious residential lofts and tech startup offices. This, in turn, helped spark a development boom in the neighborhood which led to the opening of many chic boutiques, trendy galleries, and a bevy of new bars and restaurants, transforming Dumbo from a lightly populated commercial district into the hip, flourishing residential neighborhood it is today, much like Soho and Tribeca before it.
Park Slope, located on the western slope of Prospect Park, is one of Brooklyn's most desirable and iconic neighborhoods. The neighborhood’s sterling reputation precedes it as Park Slope has long been considered to be amongst the best New York City has to offer and was even named one of the “Greatest Neighborhoods in America” by the American Planning Society. Park Slope is home to an eclectic mix of residents, with picturesque townhouses and row-houses on the neighborhood’s well-manicured, tree-lined streets attracting families looking for classic Brooklyn brownstone living, while the neighborhood’s thriving entertainment and restaurant scenes appeal to a younger, hipper crowd. 5th and 7th Ave, in particular, are home to many great boutiques, book & record stores, coffee shops, wine bars, and beer gardens. Neighboring Prospect Park is also a major attraction and a great place to spend a weekend afternoon enjoying a picnic, barbecue or bike ride.