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The Best Neighborhoods in Brooklyn – our NestApple Guide

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Explore the best neighborhoods to live in Brooklyn, NY. Here, we’re listing our top 5 Brooklyn nabes, including the most walkable, the safest, and the coolest. As such, Brooklyn is quickly becoming the hottest borough in New York City, and for a good reason. The borough offers residents some truly incredible places to live. So without further ado, here’s our list of the best Brooklyn neighborhoods.

1) Dumbo, Brooklyn

Dumbo is an acronym that stands for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass.” As such, it is a widely known and fascinating neighborhoodDumbo, Brooklyn that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan. The residential market is full of renovated lofts, mixed-use converted spaces, and high-rise condos. Additionally, there are a plethora of shops and restaurants, including the new Time Out Market, which hosts various well-known eateries and shops. Lastly, Visiting DUMBO is the perfect “photo opp,” given its gorgeous skyline views and cobblestone streets.

Dumbo tops our list. As such, it’s not only one of the best but also amongst the safest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. That comes at a cost, though. Indeed, it’s also the most expensive neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Popular Attractions in Dumbo:

  • Brooklyn Bridge Promenade
  • Juliana’s Pizza, The River Cafe. Time Out Market & Rooftop

Public Transportation:

  • F at York Street. A, C, at High Street

2) Boerum Hill, Brooklyn

Historically, Boerum Hill was a Manhattan suburb. Today, the revitalized neighborhood is dubbed a semi-suburban oasis, which combines a lively cityBoerum Hill, Brooklyn vibe coupled with a picturesque and intimate setting more in line with suburban living. One of the highlights of living in Boerum Hill is Smith Street. It is a foodie-lovers paradise where you’ll be able to explore just about every cuisine imaginable. Finally, when it comes to real estate prices, Boerum Hill is expensive. Also, it’s a great place to find a classic Brooklyn Brownstone, making it the best neighborhood for families.

Living in Boerum Hill, you will never find yourself without access to public transportation. The transportation hub known as the Atlantic Terminal is right on the tip of Boerum Hill. However, residents enjoy a calm, slower-paced lifestyle away from the Manhattan rush. As far as tourism is concerned, Boerum Hill is a popular destination for boutique shopping and restaurants on Smith Street. Notably, Nunu Chocolates has its flagship stores in Boerum Hill.

Popular attractions in Boerum Hill:

  • Smith Street (shopping and restaurants). Boutique Shopping. Nunu Chocolates
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Public Transportation:

  • 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R, W, and LIRR (Atlantic Ave). F, G (Bergen St. Station)

3) Brooklyn Heights

Dubbed as America’s original suburb, Brooklyn Heights is a beautiful tree-lined neighborhood. Indeed, it’s filled with cobblestone side streets, and a mix of largeBrooklyn heights - Best Neighborhoods in Brooklyn and small businesses tucked away in the middle of Brooklyn. Therefore, Brooklyn Heights is an extremely picturesque neighborhood. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to live in Brooklyn.

Housing in Brooklyn Heights is unique as the architectural styles versatile, including “Gothic Revival” to 19th-century mansions.  As such, many of the available apartments are in buildings that got converted from single-family homes and rowhouses.

Overall, living in Brooklyn Heights is peaceful, charming, and understated. However, while tourism is not a massive part of the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, tourists do stop by and bike through to see the breathtaking Promenade, the Historical Society, and the Bridge Park. In conclusion, this makes the Brooklyn Heights perfect for families looking for a safe neighborhood in Brooklyn.

Popular Attractions in Brooklyn Heights:

  • Brooklyn Promenade, Historical Society, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Public Transportation:

  • 2, 3, 4, 5, N, and R at Borough Hall. 2 and 3 at Clark Street

4) Downtown Brooklyn

Since being rezoned in 2004, Downtown Brooklyn has dramatically changed. Specifically, the 2004 zoning changes allowed taller and moreDowntown Brooklyn significant residential buildings built in areas that were formerly low-rise industrial or commercial space. As such, flourishing luxury new developments dominate downtown, Brooklyn.

Right over the Brooklyn Bridge, downtown Brooklyn is genuinely a downtown area that could rival any major city outside of New York City. Food and culture are at the forefront of the downtown Brooklyn culture. Given the fact that it is just a few stops over the Brooklyn Bridge, Downtown Brooklyn, should represent a point of interest for tourists to NYC. Also, it is one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Popular Attractions in Downtown Brooklyn:

  • Fulton Mall
  • New York Transit Museum
  • Barclays Center
  • Cadman Plaza Park, BAM Harvey Theater
  • Junior’s Cheesecake, Dekalb Market Hall, Walt Whitman Park
  • Academy of Music, House of Wax

Public Transportation:

D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 at Atlantic Ave-Barclays Center. The A, C, F, and G  at Jay Street/Metrotech

5) Williamsburg: the coolest among the best neighborhoods in Brooklyn

Hip, Artsy, Pricey, Music, and Nightlife are all words to describe the trendy neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Nevertheless, it’s easy tosouth williamsburg understand why Williamsburg is one of the most popular areas in the city amongst young New Yorkers. Williamsburg is not only one of the coolest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. It is also one of the coolest in all of NYC. However, living in a hip neighborhood comes at a cost, as Williamsburg is one of the most expensive areas. For example, expensive industrial loft apartments are popular. You can also find a plethora of luxury high-rises and condos on the waterfront.

During the Spring and Summer months, Williamsburg is home to the Smorgasburg festival. It is the largest open-air food market in the US, attracting over 30,000 visitors. Festival-goers can enjoy the tasty bites from over 100 local vendors.

Williamsburg is a short train ride from Manhattan via the L train.  Other train lines that stop in Williamsburg include the G, J, M.

Popular Attractions in Williamsburg:

  • Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn Brewery. Walk/Bike the Williamsburg Bridge, McCarren Park
  • Shop Boutique Stores and Eat at Various Restaurants around Bedford Avenue
  • Smorgasburg

Public Transportation:

  • L  at Bedford, G at Metropolitan, J, M Marcy Avenue


Written By: Georges Benoliel

Georges has been working in Wall Street for the last 16 years trading derivatives with hedge funds. He has been an active real estate investor for over a decade. Georges graduated from HEC Business School in Paris and holds a master in Finance from ESADE Barcelona.

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