Located by DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill and Vinegar Hill, Downtown Brooklyn is considered the central business district for Brooklyn. Right in the heart of the action, those looking to live here will have access to parks, schools, and an easy commute to Manhattan.
Downtown Brooklyn was one of the first parts of the borough to be settled by the Dutch. When the British took over in 1664, the area was turned into the central business district for the City of Brooklyn.
Although the rest of the city was relatively indifferent to the Slave Trade, Downtown Brooklyn was the rare exception. Full of abolitionists, this neighborhood provided the massive support need to get slavery abolished in New York in 1827.
After Brooklyn became part of New York City in 1898, business ramped up in Downtown Brooklyn, but the number of people wanting to live there ramped up as well. Today, Downtown Brooklyn is equal parts commercial and residential, meaning it’s one of the busiest parts of the city.
Downtown Brooklyn mirrors the skyscrapers across the river in Lower Manhattan, and the borough’s tallest building is the new Brooklyner apartment tower on Lawrence Street. While there are some row houses here, apartment complexes dominate this area.
Downtown Brooklyn is very busy. If you fell asleep on the train and wound up here, you might even think you were in Manhattan. There’s always something to do here, whether it be for work or pleasure. This is the part of Brooklyn that never sleeps.
This is where the hustle of Brooklyn is centered. While other business districts die down after work hours, Downtown Brooklyn keeps the party going. The nightlife here is always on, especially since venues like BAM and The Barclays Center are nearby.
Families can find a never-ending list of activities in Downtown Brooklyn. They can also find plenty of schools and access to hospitals. There is always something for families to do here, but that can make the area a bit loud. If your family doesn’t mind the noise, this will be a pretty good area for them.
The New York City subway system provides access to Downtown Brooklyn via the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, B, C, F, Q, and R trains.
Biking is very popular in Downtown Brooklyn. There are miles of bike lanes and plenty of Citi Bike docking stations. Just be aware of pedestrian traffic.
Driving is not recommended in this part of Brooklyn. Parking is difficult and traffic is rough, especially during rush hour.
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Downtown Brooklyn is located within 11201. This area currently has 60,061 residents in 26,303 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 35.1.
When looking at residents older than 25, 10.68% have graduated from high school, 34.51% have a bachelor's degree, and 36.26% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 65.5% and the median income in this zipcode is $109,472.
At least 63.74% of those living in this zipcode rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 32.5 minutes.
Geographically, 11201 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.