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Brooklyn

Your guide to the Borough of Churches!

Welcome to Brooklyn - the home of some of New York's coolest sights and top attractions. Here in the city that never sleeps, you are sure to find something for everyone, including the sense of community. Even amongst the millions of residents, Brooklynites are known for getting to know their neighbors, at a much more affordable price than in Manhattan. Here you will find more than 30 diverse neighborhoods that provide residents the opportunity to experience all that Brooklyn has to offer, including employment, waterfront activity, green space, restaurants, shops, and more - all within a reasonable budget!


It's no surprise that so many people who move to Brooklyn end up staying in Brooklyn. This livable, walkable, and lovable area is appealing to a wide range of potential residents - along with a wide range of budgets. Over the past two decades or so, Brooklyn has experienced a gentrification of sorts, which has deemed it a truly desired destination for young professionals, families, and creatives alike. It has also come into being as a thriving hub of entrepreneurial activity - primarily that of artists and high tech start-up firms. Often referred to as the "twin city" to New York, Brooklyn has numerous differences - starting with the price tag with which you can find your ideal living accommodations - which has brought singles, couples, and families across the river, across the country, and even from across the globe who now call this area home. In order to get a real feel for what is available in Brooklyn, then it may take a bit of research, as well as some actual footwork, if you really want to make a determination as to what you can get for your dollar in this trendy borough.


What to do in Brooklyn

There is much to do in Brooklyn - so, regardless of what you enjoy, you are likely to find it right here! This city holds a myriad of unique activity - round the clock - and you can start by taking a stroll across the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Or, you could ride the Cyclone at Coney Island, have a hotdog at Nathan's, or you could just simply take in the views of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. When you are in this New York City borough, the sky is truly the limit.


How to Get Around in Brooklyn

Getting around in Brooklyn can be easy - provided that you study up on your rail and bus routes. Brooklyn is served by the New York City Subway - which is actually the busiest rapid transit system in the United States. It carriers more than 5 million riders each and every day to and from roughly 470 stations. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority(MTA) also operates a number of bus routes in and around Brooklyn. Between the subway and the bus system in Brooklyn and New York, you are likely to be able to get anywhere in the local area that you want to go. But, it's probably a good idea to have a sturdy (and comfortable) pair of walking shoes along with you, too, because you'll need them to get to and from the stations and stops.


What it's like to live in Brooklyn

So, what exactly is it like to live in Brooklyn? Although Brooklyn is considered to be the most populous of the five New York City boroughs, it is composed of many areas that are quite different than the traditional hustle and bustle of New York City. Here in Brooklyn, you are much more apt to find walkable sidewalks, lots of green space and parks, tight knit neighborhoods and communities, and even reasonable rents. There is a wide variety of people who call Brooklyn home - from young professionals to artists, families and recent grads - and many of these now-residents of this borough relocated to Brooklyn from just about every corner of the U.S., or even from around the world. Brooklyn is a very diverse place to live. The area is, for the most part, family friendly, open, and peaceful, and it has no real stereotype for its residents. One of the best things about Brooklyn is that it can be much less expensive to live in than Manhattan - from rent, to entertainment, to food - so for young professionals or families that are just starting out, Brooklyn can be an ideal place to reside. Within Brooklyn itself, you will find that there are primarily 30 or so distinct neighborhoods, and each of these has its own sense of community and charm, along with characteristics, amenities, and price tag - depending on what it is that you prefer.


Where to find apartments in Brooklyn

There are neighborhoods both directly in and around Brooklyn in which to locate the apartment of your choice. But before heading out on foot, though, it is a good idea to first do a bit of initial research and to narrow down your list. When securing an apartment in Brooklyn, you will typically need to put down both a security deposit, along with the first month's rent. This will also usually have to be accompanied by proof from your employer stating that you have steady income that is well above what you will owe in monthly rent - and that your employment is stable. You will also need to have a good credit history, and at least one or two good credit references. In terms of finding that ideal apartment in Brooklyn - here you will want to decide just what type of attractions you want to be near. For example, is it important to be close to the water, the park, or the downtown area? Also, do you want to be in close proximity to public transportation? Once you have nailed down your location, there are also other items to think about, as well. For instance, do you want to have other conveniences such as a washer and dryer in your unit, or are you willing to pay a little bit less in rent each month and go to a laundromat instead. You may also consider whether you want to have an on-site workout facility, and / or a garage (if you have a car). While going over this list of must-haves may take a bit of time, after you have done so, you will be in a good, solid position for knowing exactly what you want in your ideal Brooklyn apartment.


Neighborhoods in Brooklyn

Park Slope


For many years now, the Park Slope neighborhood has been a prime spot for those who are young professionals. It is also considered to be a good place for young families with children. This is because it is a safe neighborhood, and it offers several very good public school options, as well as private school choices. This locale provides a main street that has a plethora of restaurants and shops, as well as several additional side streets. Because this is such a sought-after area, the rents do tend to be a bit steep.

Windsor Terrace


Windsor Terrace is a small, family-oriented neighborhood that offers tree-lined streets and older residences. It is easily accessible via the F subway line. Considered to be a quieter community, it can also be a good place for raising children.

Gowanus


The Gowanus areais currently in the midst of a renovation - so, here you can find some newly rehabbed buildings, alongside some that have not yet been touched (but likely will be soon). Near the Gowanus Canal, this area is often referred to as the "Venice of New York."

Bay Ridge


The Bay Ridge neighborhood is a mix of both new and old. This area has actually not changed very much over the past several decades - which is why it may give off more of a "small town" feel to it. The area offers some great shopping on its main thoroughfare - 86th Street - as well as some awesome eateries.

Red Hook


Red Hook offers a nice waterfront location, which provides some breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty for its residents. This could be why housing is a bit more difficult to come by in this particular Brooklyn neighborhood. Residents also have close access to a number of nice restaurants, art galleries, shops, and bars - including an IKEA store.

Williamsburg and Greenpoint


Both Williamsburg and Greenpoint are considered the "places to be" for young professionals, as well as for writers and artists who are seeking both spacious and reasonably priced living accommodations. While these two neighborhoods are only separated by a single border, they are actually quite different in many ways. For example, Williamsburg is often referred to as the "new Soho." This is because the area is home to many established and aspiring musicians and artists, as well as successful professionals and their families. Many of these individuals will commute into Manhattan each day.Greenpoint, once a fertile and rich farmland, consists of a very diverse array of primarily working class residents that span multiple generations. This neighborhood has a history of generations of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, and Poland. You can often get a sense of this area's maritime history by walking along its waterfront.

Clinton Hill


Clinton Hill is primarily a thriving arts community, due in large part to the Pratt Institute. This entity has been attracting artists to the area for over a century. Another key attraction in this locale is the industrial areas that are near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Near Clinton Hill, you will also find a somewhat well-kept secret area known as Wallabout. This location, with a name that was coined from the East River's Wallabout Bay, is in the process of being transformed from a once-abandoned ship yard. Although it is somewhat off the beaten path, it is quite appealing to creatives, as well as some young professionals.

Fort Greene


The Fort Greene neighborhood is bordered by Nassau Street and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This area offers some beautiful brownstone homes, along with both small and large retail shops for its residents to enjoy.

DUMBO


DUMBO is an area that offers spacious and luxury living options. An acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, this was at one time an industrial area that held warehouses and art galleries.

Bedford-Stuyvesant


Bedford-Stuyvesant, also known simply as Bed-Stuy, is situated in the north central portion of Brooklyn. This area consists of many older brownstone homes - and townhomes can be found here at a reasonable rental rate. Recently, this area has been going through somewhat of a renaissance, which has included a revival of commercial strips that are seeing some newer restaurants and bars.

Brownsville


Brownsville is located in eastern Brooklyn. This neighborhood is bordered by Atlantic Avenue to the north, on the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick border. Currently, Brownsville consists of a majority of public housing developments, however, there is also a significant concentration of semi-detached multi-unit row houses that are similar to those that are found in East New York.

Bushwick


On the outer fringe of Brooklyn is also another well-kept secret - Bushwick. This neighborhood is only two square miles in size, but it is considered to be an ideal and emerging area for young professionals who may be seeking living space that is edgy yet inexpensive. It may also offer inspiration for those in the creative fields such as writers and artists.

Midwood


For those who are seeking more of a tree-lined neighborhood feel, then Midwood may be a place to consider. Here you will find both single and multi-family living options with prices that are relatively inexpensive for Brooklyn standards. This area offers a combination of both urban and suburban, with nearby eateries and retail shops for its residents, but quiet and peaceful streets that are away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For many, this area could just offer the "best of both world" scenario.

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