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BROOKLYN

Known for
  • Barclays Center
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Brooklyn Flea
  • Coney Island
  • Prospect Park
  • The Promenade

Geographically located on Long Island’s southwestern tip, Brooklyn is connected to Lower Manhattan by three bridges and the Hugh Carey Tunnel. It has the largest population of New York City’s five boroughs.

Brooklyn contains a vast collection of communities, cultures and traditions that are more like a patchwork quilt than a unified city. But there’s one thing that most of its more than 2.5 million residents share, and that’s a fierce pride in the borough they call home. Once considered Manhattan’s duller sibling, Brooklyn’s star is clearly on the rise, thanks in part to its film and TV credentials, high-tech and creative start-ups and red-hot restaurant scene. Neighborhoods like Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO and Williamsburg are in great demand among singles, young families and empty nesters alike, who prize the great cafes and bars, quirky boutiques, leafy parks and lively cultural options. Brooklyn’s in the house!

Iconic Architecture

For many buyers, the brownstone is the quintessential Brooklyn residence. But like their distinct personalities, each of the borough’s neighborhoods boasts a unique architectural style. Park Slope is renowned for its stately limestone row houses and four-story brownstones, while Italianate and Greek Revival townhomes with wide stoops are common in Brooklyn Heights. In DUMBO and Williamsburg, modern glass high-rises dwell among dazzling warehouse loft spaces and remodeled tenement walk-ups.

Historic Highlights

  • The Battle of Brooklyn, fought on August 27, 1776, was the first and largest engagement in the American Revolutionary War.
  • In the northern part of Brooklyn Heights are three streets named Pineapple, Orange and Cranberry. Although their exact origins aren’t clear, one theory is that a 19th-century matron ripped down a number of street signs named after prominent families and replaced them with these exotic fruits.
  • At the turn of the 20th century, Carroll Gardens was the home of Brooklyn’s Italian-American population. Today, Old World Italian cheese shops, florists and funeral homes co-exist with some of the city’s hippest boutiques and restaurants.

Neighborhood Favorites

Gorilla Cafe

Papagena

Heights Cafe

The River Cafe

Al di La

Old Stone House

Brooklyn Bridge Park

Barclays Center