Brooklyn is a borough out of more than 60 neighborhoods, all of them with distinct and unique personalities, making it very hard to single out the best ones to live in. Considered to be the center of NYC’s coffee culture and home to artistically-inclined people, Brooklyn is simply too vast to be described and dissected here. Instead, we’ll “stroll” through just five of the best known, most popular Brooklyn neighborhoods.
Williamsburg is a place to be for a young professional, an artist, or a writer looking for a somewhat reasonably priced and spacious place to rent. Surpassing Manhattan's East Village in a race to title itself as most desired and hip place for various artists, Williamsburg has still kept some of its charm, rich history, and tradition. Often referred to as “the new Soho,” Williamsburg is now home to both established and aspiring artists and musicians. The community is a diverse, vibrant mix of ethnicities.
It was once rich and fertile farmland, spotted throughout with farms, cattle, and sheep. Attracting generations of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, and mostly Poland, Greenpoint grew to be known by the nickname “little Poland.” Rapidly gentrified in recent decades, it is still very welcoming to unconventional pop-up galleries, indie bookshops, and dive bars. It offers seasonal ice skating, pick-up basketball, and swimming in its McCarren Park.
For more than thirty years, Park Slope has been a hot destination for young, upward professionals and has risen to represent a true definition of a yuppie community. Multi-million dollar houses and brownstones, high-class bodegas, and cutting-edge restaurants: you can find it all here. Because it’s very safe, the neighborhood is considered ideal for raising children. Great public schools and excellent private ones help solidify that status.
Bushwick isn’t the most expensive NYC neighborhood to live in, but it’s climbing up that list faster than any other. It is a perfect place if you’re seeking unconventional living spaces. Students and artists priced out of Williamsburg have been moving to Bushwick, raising the property values. There are plenty of converted lofts in old factories, sometimes with great access to open outdoor space. Its streets are full of galleries, studios, and street art, ready to be explored.
In the end, we have something a bit different. Bay Ridge has somehow resisted the wave of gentrification that swept through the rest of Brooklyn. It changed very little in the past half a century, remaining a mixture of new and old. Although it has been gaining popularity with younger people, it’s still a haven for long-term residents, local businesses, and working-class families. The majority of the residences are single-family row houses. The community consists mostly of married professionals in their mid-30s, with children.