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The borough of Brooklyn used to be (and still feels like) a separate city, which partially explains the reason why it's laid out the way it is - with its own "Downtown", for example, as well as mirror images of some of Manhattan's features (e.g. Prospect Park playing the same role as Central Park in Manhattan).
Brooklyn neighborhoods that make news most often (real estate-related or otherwise) are located in the north-western section of the borough (community districts 1, 2, and 6):
Community Districts 8, 3 & 4
Community Districts 7 and 10:
CENTRAL & SOUTHERN BROOKLYN
Community Districts 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17.
Moving further down south we find neighborhoods that feel more sparse, less densely built-up and sometimes even less "urban" (although this is perhaps painting the picture with too broad of a brush: some sections of Southern Brooklyn are very much high-rise). The presence of immigrants (of first and second generation), notably from Italy and the countries of the former Soviet Union, is felt in many of these neighborhoods. Brighton Beach, for example, is largely Russian-speaking.
Community Districts 5, 16, 18