Neighborhood: Northwestern Brooklyn
Population: Roughly 300,000 residents, 2.53 million total in Brooklyn.
Adjacent Neighborhoods: Williamsburg, Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Clinton Hill, Red Hook
Public Transit: B/D/N/R/Q/2/3/4/5 (Atlantic Avenue/Barclays), A/C/F/R (Jay Street/Metro Tech), 2/3/4/5 (Borough Hall), B/Q/R, (Dekalb Avenue)
What’s Here? What was once known as a violent crime-ridden district has become an immaculate historic and hip area overflowing with organic restaurants and coffee shops, colorful bars and artisanal shops of all kinds. The Barclay’s Center is the epicenter of downtown and northwest Brooklyn. It’s a shiny concert and game venue featuring the country’s best musical acts and home to the Brooklyn Nets.
Located just minutes from the Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is a multi-purpose arts venue that features the finest in experimental film, art and music. The streets of the pristine Dumbo waterfront feel like a constantly evolving movie set and with the Brooklyn Bridge jutting into the neighborhood, it is one of the most picturesque areas in New York City. Check out the brand new Brooklyn Bridge Park and don’t forget to grab a slice at the historic Grimaldi’s Pizzeria.
Fort Green and Prospect Heights are smaller Brooklyn neighborhoods with plenty to offer including Ample Hills, one of the best ice cream shops in the city.
Flat or Tall?:Varies widely across these neighborhoods; downtown Brooklyn has high-rise luxury condo buildings, as do other neighborhoods near the water generally, while brownstones and townhomes make up more of the housing stock further inland.
History: Founded by Dutch settlers and initially known as the village of Breuckelen, Brooklyn had remained its own city until 1898. The area is now home to hundreds of nationalities and cultures and artsy college graduates looking to make a career in the city.
Activities: Dining out, people watching, jogging, relaxing walks, bar hopping
Check it out: TheAtlantic Antic street festival, Brooklyn Flea market and Smorgasburg, the eclectic food festival.