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NY Bits » Brooklyn
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Population2,556,598 (2008)
Land Area71.5 sq miles
Density35756.62 ppsm

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):

  • Boerum Hill
  • Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn's own version of the Upper East Side (that is to say, most Wall Streeters who happen to prefer living in Brooklyn opt for Brooklyn Heights)
  • Carroll Gardens
  • Clinton Hill
  • Cobble Hill
  • Downtown Brooklyn Brooklyn's business and commercial hub that still doesn't feel very neighborhoody. Give it a few more years.
  • DUMBO (=down under manhattan bridge overpass). Brooklyn's version of SoHo, known for its loft buildings, resurgent nightlife and awesome views of downtown Manhattan across the East River.
  • Fort Greene
  • Greenpoint - slightly more removed than its hip cousin, Williamsburg (due to the necessity of changing trains when commuting to/from Manhattan), Greenpoint wins in the cheaper rent department and is generally more tranquil than its hip neighbor to the south.
  • Prospect Lefferts Gardens
  • Park Slope known for beautiful brownstone buildings, wide avenues and neighboring Prospect Park. Hence, baby-stroller central of New York.
  • Williamsburg - the housing stock (particularly old buildings) is not necessarily that good, but the neighborhood wins with its combination of trendiness and small-town feel.


Community Districts 8, 3 & 4


Community Districts 7 and 10:


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

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