|Land Area:||71.5 sq miles|
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).
Community districts 1, 2, and 6
Brooklyn neighborhoods that one hears about most often are located in the north-western section of the borough. Rents in many of these areas, especially in Williamsburg, Park Slope, DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights, approach and even exceed Manhattan levels.
Community Districts 8, 3 & 4
This is an edgier Brooklyn: Bushwick is the new frontier of hip in the city offering relatively cheap rents and abundant industrial loft space, while more traditional (and quickly gentrifying) Bedford-Stuyvesant ("Bed-Stuy") and Crown Heights have many attractive brownstone row houses with spacious, high-ceilinged apartments.
Community Districts 7 and 10
These ares are largely residential. Rents are considerably lower than in the north-western Brooklyn neighborhoods (see above).
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 still very much high rise). The presence of first- and second- generation immigrants, notably from Italy and countries of the former Soviet Union, is felt in many of these areas. Brighton Beach, for example, is largely Russian-speaking.
Community Districts 5, 16, 18