Prospect Heights is a neighborhood in Brooklyn whose elegant brownstones and leafy streets give it a regal look. This is a family-oriented community, though new development is spawning a huge number of apartment units, including a "star-chitect"-designed tower, and new restaurants and bars are popping up on the two commercial thoroughfares. This has made the neighborhood increasingly attractive to young professionals.
The neighborhood has a rich culture. On your front doorstep are all 585 acres (237 hectares) of Prospect Park. Designed by the same gentlemen responsible for Manhattan's Central Park, you'll find plenty of grassy spaces for lounging around, walking and running paths, a lake, fishing, athletic fields, horseback riding, nature walks, boating, playgrounds, and a green market.
You've also got the Brooklyn Museum, which has everything from ancient Egyptian relics to contemporary paintings, and the 52 acre Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, which hosts the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. In the corner of the neighborhood is the Barclays Center, a massive arena complex that hosts professional basketball and hockey games, boxing matches, concerts, and other events.
Residents also benefit from being on top of a transit hub for New York's subway system: nine different subway lines come through here and two more are accessible just a few blocks away.
Wall Street: 4 miles / 20-45 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
Rockefeller Center: 8.6 miles / 35-70 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 10.1 miles / 35-70 minutes by car / 50 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 1.7 miles / 10-25 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 15 minutes by bike
Circa-1936 American eatery serving breakfast and lunch that's particularly popular on weekends.