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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).

NORTH-WESTERN BROOKLYN

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.

NORTH-CENTRAL BROOKLYN

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.

WESTERN BROOKLYN

Community Districts 7 and 10

These ares are largely residential. Rents are considerably lower than in the north-western Brooklyn neighborhoods (see above).

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 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.

EASTERN BROOKLYN

Community Districts 5, 16, 18