Boerum Hill is a small, charming neighborhood in Brooklyn. There is no actual hill here, despite the name: it was razed in the early part of the city's history to make way for its middle class inhabitants. The area morphed into a haven for immigrants, then descended into a seedy, crime-ridden part of town after WWII. It got cleaned up and gentrified in the 1990s and has been a perennially popular place to live since then – something that is unusual in New York's seasonal shifting of which neighborhoods are en vogue and which aren't.
The area is known for its tree-lined streets with rows of Greek Revival, Italianate, and Gothic Revival brownstones, many of which were built in the 1800s. You'll also find a number of three-story brick buildings and converted carriage houses. These beautiful homes have attracted families, professionals, and celebrities alike. New development is also happening here: modern townhouses and condos are popping up throughout the neighborhood.
Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue are the commercial hubs here, featuring clothing boutiques, home goods stores, salons, cafes, restaurants, and bars. You're also walking distance to the Barclays Center, which hosts concerts and sporting events, museums, parks, other cultural institutions, and Boerum Hill's adjacent neighborhoods.
Wall Street: 3.2 miles / 15-30 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit / 25 minutes by bike
Rockefeller Center: 6.2 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 9.5 miles / 30-65 minutes by car / 40 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 1.1 miles / 10-20 minutes by car / 15-20 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by foot / 10 minutes by bike