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Often described as a small town in a big city, Bay Ridge has an amazing waterfront view of the Verrazano Bridge. The neighborhood, sometimes referred to as Brooklyn’s Gold Coast, provides quick access to Manhattan and Staten Island. The tranquil community is filled with cozy diners, spacious parks, and laid-back bars.

Bedford-Stuyvesant, also known as Bed-Stuy, nest many community gardens. Over the past 20 years, residents have transformed empty lots into flower and vegetable gardens. The popular Brooklyn neighborhood also hosts the Herbert Von King Park, designed by the world famous team of Frederick Law Olmsted (the creator of Central and Prospect Park).

Aside from the rich greeny in Bed-Stuy, the area has become a hub for brand new businesses. For example, the independently-owned frozen yogurt shop Brooklyn Swirl or the wine shop that reflects the neighborhood’s diversity Bed-Vyne Wine.

Recognized as Downtown Brooklyn’s cultural hub, Boerum Hill is enriched by independent boutiques, restaurants, and rowhouses. The community is filled with artists who also own art galleries in the area, for example, the “Invisible Dog” exhibition, Roulette, and BAM. The neighborhood’s demographics is many comprised of young families and popular amongst cyclists as Prospect Park is nearby.

Smith Street’s thriving restaurant row and Atlantic Ave’s commercial strip can also be found in the neighborhood. In addition, several creative works of art have been set in the area such as Spike Lee’s movie Clockers, Jonathan Lethem’s novels Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude.

Beautiful views, an ocean breeze, and a boardwalk are only a few of Brighton Beach’s captivating features. Easily accessible through the Brighton Beach (B, Q) and Ocean Parkway (Q) train station; the neighborhood is a popular tourist spot. The beach is also a magnet for films. Among the movies made in Brighton are Back to the Beach, Frankie & Johnny, and The Pickle.

Parallel to Coney Island, Brighton Beach community has a heavy European–mainly of Russian descent. Enjoy New York’s popular weekend destination or treat yourself to a day at the Brighton Ballet Theater.

Conveniently sitting near Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights is known as America’s First Suburb. It is the first neighborhood to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The continual growth of Brooklyn Heights has attracted many residents for various reasons as well as it’s beautiful Brownstone architecture, leafy streets, and the expanding Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Housing the BQE, Brooklyn Heights Promenade has become a favorite stopping place for locals and tourists. Many residents and visitors snag photos of the Manhattan skyline while others jog, rest, or rollerblade.

Brownsville has the highest concentration of public housing in New York City. The neighborhood has been catching the eye of developers with POKO Partners redevelopment of the historic Loew’s Pitkin Theater and Robert A.M. Stern Architects proposal for an eight-story affordable housing complex.

The neighborhood also houses Brookdale Hospital Medical Center and was the former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers at Eastern Park.

Originally named “Boswijck”, meaning town in the woods, Bushwick was named by Dutch settler Peter Stuyvesant in the 17th century. Bushwick is historically a working-class neighborhood and borders Ridgewood, Williamsburg, and Bedford-Stuyvesant–making Bushwick a highly desirable location for businesses.

The revitalization of Brooklyn’s northern area began with Bushwick Initiative’s goal to improve the surrounding blocks by Maria Hernandez Park. The City and State of New York began pouring resources into the neighborhood through various housing and quality-of-life programs, creating a better environment for residents. Bushwick’s makeover attracted the attention of many national retailers and mom-and-pop shops, sparking a faster redevelopment of the community.

A quiet destination for families who want more outdoor space than most city neighborhoods offer. Canarsie features Canarsie Pier, Park, and Sebago Canoe Club, providing beautiful views and family-oriented activities like kayaking as well as fishing. Though the community includes a lot of outdoor adventures, there is still an urban twist to the area.

Canarsie Plaza and Brooklyn Terminal Market feature a cluster of national retailers such as BJ’s Wholesale and Dunkin’ Donuts. The community is infused with a wide range of restaurants and bars–anything from Italian classics to Jamaican Jerk Chicken can be conveniently found.

One of Brooklyn’s smaller neighborhoods, Clinton Hill is a popular destination for its diverse bar and restaurants scene as well as charming residential community. The area hosts Pratt Institute, giving Clinton Hill a vibrant college-town feel.

Over the years, many millennials and young families have moved to the neighborhood–shifting the culture. Clinton Hill features a multitude of activities that have attracted more and more people over time. For instance, the Brooklyn Pop-Up Market, which provides a variety of vendors from jewelry to barkers. Not to mention, Brooklyn Tap House and Green in BKLYN, both retailers have become staples of the area.

One of Brooklyn’s more laid-back neighborhoods, Cobble Hill features hip cafes, relaxed bars, and casual restaurants along Court St. The community is filled with young professionals and families who reside in many of the brownstones. The area is lined with leafy side streets that give the neighborhood a unique, quirky character.

Cobble Hill is also home to many independent shops, trendy boutiques, and speciality food markets. With schools and playgrounds circulating the area, Cobble Hill is a flourishing and family-friendly community.

Possibly the most famous neighborhood in Brooklyn, Coney Island was originally a seaside resort in 1824. Over a million people would visit the beach daily, quickly igniting the construction of the well-known boardwalk and amusement park–making it the first enclosed amusement center of North America.

Present day Coney Island is still a beloved Brooklyn landmark and has expanded to hosting New York Aquarium, Luna Park, Art Walls, and much more. The high demand of the area makes this neighborhood a highly desirable region for national retailers and small businesses alike.

On the heels of becoming one of Brooklyn’s wealthiest neighborhoods, Crown Heights is a highly desirable area due to the numberamous residential developments and newcomers. Though the demographics are rapidly changing Crown Heights has a thriving stoop life, which ingrains a strong sense of community and keeps the neighborliness spirit alive.

Located in the central portion of Brooklyn, bordered by Washington, Atlantic and Ralph Avenues, and Empire Boulevard. Crown Heights has become a target area for small businesses, cafes, and restaurants.

Formerly known as Union Place after its popular Union Course horse-racing track, which opened in 1821. Cypress Hills was later renamed due to the overwhelming amount of cypress trees in the area. Resting on the borderline of Brooklyn and Queens, the neighborhood attracts a variety of residents with it’s easy access to the Jackie Robinson Highway and Highland Park.

Known for its office and residential buildings, such as the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower and the MetroTech Center office complex; Downtown Brooklyn is the third largest central business district in New York City. The neighborhood is now growing into an educational hub as $9 billion of private investments and $300 million of public improvements are underway. As of 2017, New York University announced the educational facility would invest over $500 million to expand and renovate the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the surrounding campus in Downtown Brooklyn.

The neighborhood is also a popular retail and entertainment corridor as the Barclay’s Center and Atlantic Terminal Mall have become tourist designations, as well as Brooklyn natives favorite shopping center.

Deemed as Brooklyn’s next up-and-coming neighborhood, according to amNY, East New York rest on the eastern section of the borough. As of recently there have been a spike in affordable housing and retail developments in the area, like construction of Gateway Drive Mall.

East New York also nest a variety of green spaces such Fresh Creek Nature Preserve, Breukelen Ballfield, Starrett City Park, and many more.

Flatbush is a bustling neighborhood that represents the best of Brooklyn. From Kings Theater to Brooklyn College, residents get a taste of the community’s history while enjoying its adaptation to modern times. A patron of the arts, Flatbush features performance arts at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts and Kings Theater. As well as highlighting local artist such as Juan Carlos Pinto.

There have also been a rapid flux of developments lining the streets near Brooklyn Junction. With a variety of residential towers set to rise, Flatbush will continue to flourish whilst enriching the community and providing a shoppers paradise.

Home to Brooklyn’s oldest park, Fort Greene Park was originally named Washington Park until redesigned in 1867, by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The green oasis incorporates a lot of the neighborhoods history as it was previously a fort during the Battle of Brooklyn. Flashforward to present day, Fort Greene has become an urban landscape as a forest of mixed-use towers rise around Brooklyn’s Academy of Music.

In the spirit of persevering the community’s culture, TwoTree’s development of Lafayette Plaza along with a 32-story tower provides a mix of residential space and public space. A portion of the property is reserved for Brooklyn Public Library and 651 Arts, a group of performing artist, for residents to enjoy.

Widely recognized for its past as a military fort, Fort Hamilton has quickly become a neighborhood where families go to settle down. The residential streets and business filled avenues make the area the perfect combination of quite yet bustling community.

Previously known as Brooklyn’s sleepy neighborhood, the rezoning of Greenpoint’s Waterfront has awakened the area. The Waterfront rezoning has paved way for tons of investments and new developments. Many tech companies are occupying office spaces in renovated loft buildings; adding to the rich mix of restaurants and retail in the area.

In addition to being a popular neighborhood for the filming of television shows and movies; Greenpoint features a plethora of local and national chains.

At the center of Brooklyn, Kensington is a heavily diverse neighborhood experiencing cultures from all over the world. Equally, the community is very family-orientated and environmentally friendly due to its close proximity to Prospect Park.

Kensington is also the home of the 5.5 mile-long Ocean Parkway, which runs through the heart of the neighborhood. The parkway attracts dozens of cyclists and holds the title of America’s first greenway–making traveling through an area accessible for bikers.

Marine Park encases the western portion of Jamaica Bay and is a rich labyrinth of grassland, salt marshes, and inlets. As Brooklyn’s largest park, the Salt Marsh Nature Center attracts many family visits. The neighborhood is predominantly residential, but borders Flatbush Avenue business district and is home to Kings Plaza shopping mall.

Midwood is a well-kept neighborhood with a few commercial streets ingrained in its roads. The main shopping corridors of this area can be found in Kings Highway, Avenue J, Flatbush, Nostrand, and Coney Island Avenues.

The area will begin to see an influx of developments as new residential buildings are set to sprout on Ocean and Coney Island Avenues as well as Avenue I. Newcomers are in luck as Midwood is well known for having Brooklyn’s best pizza.

One of Brooklyn’s calmer neighborhood’s, Masin Bill is one of the only places in the borough where houses have private boat docks. Notorious for beautiful architecture and green spaces, the community looks like it’s filled with embassies and castles; however, such buildings are really single-family homes.

Mill Basin was originally settled in as an industrial area in the late 1890s, but has developed into a more suburban neighborhood over time. Though the community is home to a wide range of wildlife and untouched lands; retailers are easily accessible at Kings Plaza Mall.

Prospect Heights is the center of many tourist attractions and local favorites. This neighborhood is the perfect balance between historic Brooklyn and the new urban culture sweeping the community. Home to Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York Transit Museum, Prospect Park and many more green spaces.

The culturally diverse neighborhood has seen a quick demographic shift as classic Brownstone homes are being reconstructed and major condominium developments are set to sprout.

Park Slope | South Slope are home to the beloved Prospect Park. Known for being family-oriented neighborhoods and housing some of Brooklyn’s highest income demographics. Park Slope has a colorful history as it was the headquarters for the 14th Regiment of the New York State militia.

The main retail corridors are on 7th Ave (which host the oldest street sign installed in 1964), 5th Ave, and Prospect Park West. In the future, Prospect Park and South Slope will see an increase in condo developments and attract more families.

Red Hook was named after the reddish color of clay soil, which was a prominent feature of the area prior to its development. The neighborhood began as an industrial shipping center, but as the market began to change it caused Red Hook to close most of its docks. The Red Hook Waterfront is currently being revitalized as a wave of new developments are reaching its shores.

The area also features a wide variety of activities for residents, like enjoying a day at the Red Hook Winery and restaurant scene. Red Hook is also home to New York’s first Ikea furniture store, making it a main shopping attraction for millennials. The main retailer corridor of the community resides on Van Brunt St, which has been targeted by developers as more condos and apartment complexes are being built.

From its boat filled marinas to its cool ocean breeze, Sheepshead Bay is a genuine watertown. Named after the rare sheepshead fish found in the bay’s waters; and can still be caught by locals occasionally. Known for its delicious seafood houses, Sheepshead Bay features an abundance of Turkish, Russian, and Greek delicious cuisines making it a food lover’s paradise.

Similar to its restaurant atmosphere, many of the stores are locally owned and make up the majority of neighborhood’s shopping options. Sheepshead Bay is a close knit community that thrives on family-owned groceries, coffee shops, and bookstores.

Sunset Park is quickly blooming into one of Brooklyn’s busiest neighborhoods. Major companies like Time Magazine and Department of Records & Information Services (DORIS) have inked office leases in Industrial City. Gumption Coffee shop, an Australian based company, has decided to open their first international location in Industry as well.

The Waterfront is currently facing a rapid growth of redeveloped industrial projects and offers easy access to Manhattan. While still keeping the hip spirit of Brooklyn alive, Industrial City offers plenty of recreational activities like free yoga classes, summer concerts, and more.

With many Manhattan locals moving into Brooklyn, Williamsburg has quickly become a bustling and popular neighborhood. The area has attracted the attention of national brands and become a tourist destination with the opening of Two Trees Domino Park.

The North side of Williamsburg is catching the attention of companies due to the large office, coworking space, and hotel developments. Equally, Williamsburg has become a melting pot of cultures and a center for Brooklyn bred companies to grow, and eventually expand to national chains. For instance, Y7 Yoga Studio and Vice Media.

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