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This neighborhood is quickly transitioning from bland to interesting.
Studio / 1 BR
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2 Bedrooms
56% Complete
3 Bedrooms
93% Complete
4 Bedrooms
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Good For
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  • Professionals
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What's around
  • 145 Restaurants
  • 7 Schools
  • 11 Grocery stores/markets
  • 9 Banks
  • 20 Nightlife options
  • 33 Fitness options
  • 337 Shops




Downtown Brooklyn has an average violent crime rate and an average property crime rate for New York City.

  WHAT’S LIVING IN Downtown Brooklyn LIKE?

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Downtown Brooklyn is the business and government hub of the Brooklyn Borough, home to many office buildings, the regal borough hall, and the county supreme court. Tucked among the skyscrapers are large apartment and condo buildings. To the north of Downtown Brooklyn's core is a quieter residential area with government subsidized housing blocks, midrise apartment buildings, and older individual homes.

For much of its recent history, this was not an area that was very appealing to live in – there wasn't much around besides fast food joints and cheap clothing stores. But it's been on an upward trends for the past several years. Hot new restaurants, cool hotels, and unique bars have been making inroads and this is becoming a much more vibrant neighborhood.

Downtown Brooklyn is bordered on the north by DUMBO and Vinegar Hill, on the east by Fort Greene, on the south by Boerum Hill, and on the west by Brooklyn Heights.


Wall Street: 2.2 miles / 10-15 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 7 miles / 20-50 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 8.4 miles / 25-45 minutes by car / 40 minutes by transit

Downtown Brooklyn New York City Neighborhood Photo


Local Flavor   Downtown Brooklyn LOCAL schools

Fusion Academy Brooklyn
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Distance:0.07 mi
George Westinghouse Career & Technical Ed High School
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Distance:0.10 mi
City Polytechnic High School Of Engineering Archi
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Distance:0.10 mi
Urban Assembly School For Law And Justice
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Distance:0.12 mi
Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women
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Distance:0.12 mi


Local Flavor   Downtown Brooklyn Local Flavor

Junior's Restaurant
Junior's Restaurant 386 FLATBUSH AVE EXTENSION, BROOKLYN, NY 11238 MAP

Established in 1950, Junior's is a Brooklyn institution. Besides their famous cheesecake, they've also got a full deli menu.

Bedouin Tent Restaurant
Bedouin Tent Restaurant 405 ATLANTIC AVE, BROOKLYN, NY 11217 MAP

This isn't the best venue (it's in a basement), but if you want great Middle Eastern food it's a worthwhile stop.

Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare
Chef's Table at Brooklyn Fare 200 SCHERMERHORN ST, BROOKLYN, NY 11201 MAP

Brooklyn’s only three Michelin-starred restaurant seats 18 people a night for a fifteen course tasting menu. You'll need to book weeks in advance.

Ganso 25 BOND ST, BROOKLYN, NY 11201 MAP

This popular restaurant creates classic Tokyo-style sushi and sashimi with top seafood from Japan and the USA

Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar
Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar 339 ADAMS ST, BROOKLYN, NY 11201 MAP

Sample from 425 varieties of tequila while you enjoy authentic Mexican food at this popular, casual restaurant.

New York Transit Museum

Learn about the mass transportation systems that move millions of New Yorkers around daily at this interesting museum established in 1976.

Photo Credits: Thanks to @Thirdblade Photography , @Matthew Hurst @, LWYang , @See-ming Lee , @Steven Pisano , @Dan DeLuca , @The All-Nite Images , @hettie , @downtownbrooklyn for your great photos of this neighborhood! 


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