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!
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.