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.
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