Brooklyn is an international brand, cultural hub, culinary capital, and real estate juggernaut. Its streets are full of diversity, interesting people, and things to do. For more New York City arrivals than ever, for long-time New Yorkers looking for an easier life, for first-time homeowners and long-term renters, it has become the first choice of where to live and where to lay down their roots.
Neighborhoods are why. “Brownstone Brooklyn” contains row after row of magnificent homes. Downtown has become a perfect mixed-use neighborhood, containing a vibrant mélange of residential lofts, top retail, and commercial creativity. Williamsburg has emerged as one of the best neighborhoods for adults and families in the world.
Don’t forget the charm. Park Slope rivals the West Village and Upper West Side for New Yorkers seeking good schools and park-front living. Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill are blessed by some of the most beautiful urban streets anywhere. Manhattan Beach offers coastal living in a neighborhood lined with trees. There are breathtaking mansions in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Midwood, and Ditmas Park. Prospect Heights has an arch like Paris and edifices that resemble life on Europe’s grandest boulevards.
The only way to truly understand Brooklyn is to walk its streets, see its homes, meet its people, and understand its ebb and flow. Never before, has looking for a home in Brooklyn been this exciting. One of the best places to start is here.
More than any other New York City borough, Brooklyn is as well known for its energetic and historic neighborhoods as its natural diversity. Its varying and unique districts, ultimately, define Brooklyn. From the vibrant arts’ oriented Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (DUMBO) to the suburban-esque and tranquil Prospect Park and Park Slope, Brooklyn is as distinct as the people who live there.
To understand the independent spirit and the true nature of Brooklyn, there is not any other neighborhood that exemplifies this vibrancy than Williamsburg. Recently surging as the “it” area to live, work and play, Williamsburg typifies how Brooklyn transformed into the living and breathing center of progressiveness.
Similarly to other boroughs in the metropolitan area, Brooklyn is not only physically diverse, but ethnically. Continuing to thrive are pockets that have carved their own niche into the landscape. This diversity, nurtured and protected throughout the years, typifies many neighborhoods. For every taste, budget and lifestyle, Brooklyn offers the ideal neighborhood.
Equally cosmopolitan in its offerings as Manhattan, Brooklyn is emerging as an international arts center. Its history is rich and complex, added to its recent explosion as the place to watch for anything arts-related. BAM, the Brooklyn Academy of Music located in Fort Greene Brooklyn, showcases some of the world’s finest artists and musicians.
The high and low eclectic mix on streets and neighborhoods underscores Brooklyn’s natural diversity. Progressive sculptors and performers inspire and provoke more traditional and conventional artisans. This dynamic relationship, both alive and evolving, sets this complex borough apart from others.
As of late, Brooklyn nurtured, cultivated and housed some of the finest up-and-coming artists and musicians. Brooklyn, in the progressive and independent music scene, is synonymous with what is new, noteworthy and award winning.
However, the recent “hip” moniker given to the Brooklyn arts’ and music scene only covers a small, yet significant portion of the community. Looking beyond this branding, Brooklyn is truly a sophisticated district that contains avant-garde galleries as well as priceless and worldly collections in renowned museums.
Perhaps the best way in which to take in this creatively charged atmosphere is to wander Brooklyn’s streets.
If there were no rules, then where does progression stem from? In the culinary world especially, rules and standards are meant to broken, stretched and played upon instead of strictly followed. With Brooklyn, the culinary scene is doing just this: breaking rules without worrying about conforming.
Truly, some of the greatest dining enjoyed in the world is found in Brooklyn. Experimentation is king and palettes remain eager and hungry. High cuisine, akin to haute couture in the fashion world, is something to be desired and in some ways, worshipped.
Small bistros, challenging patrons with the latest in experimental fare, to family-owned restaurants providing meals culled from their ancestry, dining is always an adventure in Brooklyn. From street vendors and cafes, to starred restaurants on everyone’s watch list, Brooklyn never ceases to satiate even the most discerning appetite.
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