Hip yet peaceful, Boerum Hill is a popular neighborhood where families and young professionals go to shop, eat, and live. Surrounded by Cobble Hill, Park Slope, and Fort Greene, this neighborhood is in the heart of the action.
Most of Boerum’s colonial life was spent as the farmland and estate of the Boerum family. However, as Brooklyn expanded, the family soon had to sell their property to make homes for people. Row houses replaced the farmland between the 1840’s and 70’s.
Boerum Hill was largely a working class neighborhood, many people commuting to the industrial neighborhoods of Brooklyn as well as the Navy Yard. Even after the Navy Yard cut jobs and factories closed, the people of the neighborhood were able to stay strong and afford their homes, even through the Great Depression and the recession of the 1970’s.
During the 1990’s, homes that were formerly boarding houses started being purchased as private property as streets were listed as Historic Districts. Today, Boerum Hill is popular with the working and affluent classes of the borough, having affordable options for almost everyone.
Boerum Hill is a neighborhood dominated by row houses and townhomes. There are some mid and high rise apartment complexes, but the flatter, single family homes are what the neighborhood is known for.
Boerum Hill is a cool neighborhood with an easy going vibe. The people who live here are friendly, artistic, and love a good meal. Boerum Hill has a little something for everyone who visits the neighborhood.
That said, this neighborhood is surrounded by popular spots like BAM and The Barclays Center. Thus, many people live here for easy access to other neighborhood’s arts and cultures. The proximity to other cool neighborhoods makes Boerum Hill a bit more reserved, especially at night when other, similar neighborhoods, might have a hopping bar scene.
Boerum Hill is extremely popular with both families and young professionals. It’s close to many of New York’s best educational institutes and has easy access to hospitals both in Brooklyn and Manhattan. It’s a popular area to visit, so nights after a big event at the Barclays Center can be a tad loud. However, this area is mostly a quiet haven for those who want to be near the action, but not directly in it.
The New York City subway system provides service to Boerum Hill via a number of train lines. The Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center is the main station here, with access to the B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains, as well as the LIRR. Other trains that provide access to Boerum Hill are the A, C, F, and G trains.
Biking is extremely popular in this neighborhood. The streets are wide, there’s miles of bike lanes, and Citi Bike docking stations are plentiful.
Driving can be tricky here. The closer you get to the Barclays Center, the more traffic you’ll see. However, the rest of the neighborhood is pretty easy to navigate.
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Boerum Hill is located within 11217. This area currently has 38,670 residents in 16,718 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 35.5.
When looking at residents older than 25, 11.08% have graduated from high school, 33.66% have a bachelor's degree, and 32.48% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 69.3% and the median income in this zipcode is $94,970.
At least 68.94% of those living in this zipcode rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 35.9 minutes.
Geographically, 11217 is a part of Kings County, New York. This county is currently home to 2,606,852 residents, or 938,803 households with a median income of $50,640. Kings County, New York residents have a median age of 34.5 and 70.55% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, Kings County, New York is a part of the greater New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area is currently home to a population 18,812,161 across 6,707,347 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $68,319 and median age of 37.8. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.