Known as Bed-Stuy to New Yorkers, this Brooklyn neighborhood of 153,000 residents is the latest to be transformed by gentrification as people escape the more expensive areas of the city. Many of these people are attracted by the neighborhood's regal brownstones and brick rowhouses which – while still pricey – are cheaper than in other parts of town.
But there is more to the neighborhood than just brownstones. This is a diverse neighborhood with a large historic district that is going through only the latest round of gentrification. Long-time residents speak of the tight-knit community here. Newcomers love the influx of restaurants, cafes, bars, stores and (relative) affordability.
Housing-wise – in addition to brownstones of course – you'll find large brick apartment buildings, squat rowhouses, tracts of public housing (Jay Z grew up here), and several new apartment and condo developments.
It's important to know that while crime has been dropping, Bed-Stuy hasn't entirely escaped its recent past of drug dealers and poverty and some parts of town are still unsafe.
Wall Street: 5.1 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 40 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 6.9 miles / 35-80 minutes by car / 45-55 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 11.2 miles / 35-75 minutes by car / 50-60 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 2.8 miles / 15-35 minutes by car / 30-35 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike