Brooklyn was once its own city, and still has a proud, independent, we’re-the-best-place-to-live vibe.
There’s certainly a residential experience for every taste. Brooklyn Heights is a classic suburb, with a half-mile long Promenade, 19th-century townhouses, and small co-ops. Along with the Heights, neighborhoods like Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, and Park Slope make up an area known as “Brownstone Brooklyn,” and their row houses often boast historical detailing, high ceilings, and fireplaces. Single-family houses abound in Brooklyn also, in neighborhoods like Ditmas Park, which has one of the largest groups of Victorian houses in the country; Flatbush, which has Colonial Revival houses with large lawns, and Mill Basin, where it’s possible to buy a waterfront single-family with a swimming pool. To the south, the peninsula of Coney Island has four neighborhoods — Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Manhattan Beach and Seagate — that are all about beaches, sun, and sand.
New condos are everywhere too, as befits Brooklyn’s status as New York City’s most populous borough. Williamsburg offers converted lofts and dazzling high-rises, but the condo boom has gone even farther afield than Billyburg, with Sunset Park, Crown Heights, and Bensonhurst, to name just three areas, welcoming new condos. That’s not to mention the new luxury towers in Downtown Brooklyn, which boast spectacular, wide-open views. Atlantic Terminal on Flatbush Avenue is a hub for the Long Island Rail Road, but the borough is also served by 18 subway lines and an extensive bus network. Prospect Park in Central Brooklyn is one of New York City’s most beautiful, and it contains a 90-acre meadow, a zoo, and Brooklyn’s only lake. The Brooklyn Museum is the second-largest public art museum in America, and it contains more than one million pictures and objects, including a renowned collection of Egyptian art. More contemporary artists crowd into DUMBO, Bushwick and Gowanus, and a flourishing art scene surrounds the Brooklyn Academy of Music, known for its theater, café, and innovative cultural programming.