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The Best Neighborhoods in Brooklyn

June 06, 2012

Alright, guys. Today, we're looking at the majestic borough of Brooklyn, known for its oft-misused Brooklyn Bridge, its famous Brooklyn Dodgers, and not as well known for its unintelligible motto Eendraght Maeckt Maght (Yeah, I Wikipedia'd that.) We've combed all the neighborhoods by foot, sea, and plane, searching high and low for what exactly will fit you best. Here's the top neighborhoods of Brooklyn to live in, after the jump.

 Park Slope, Brooklyn: The Best Place to Live in Brooklyn 2012

I'm going to go ahead and put it right out there: Park Slope has everything you could want in a New York City neighborhood. It excels in no particular ranking factors of a perfect neighborhood, but does incredibly well in an all-around match: it's got low amounts of crime, excellent public schools, beautiful parks and forestry, and an amazing restaurant scene. On top of these benefits, the nightlife is hopping, the pedestrian life is friendly, and the diversity is....better than Tribeca's. It loses points for not being in smack-dab center of the city, having above average housing costs, and overall not being as poppin' as Williamsburg. But then again, I'm not trying to raise a family. Go to Park Slope if you want to enjoy life. That's about all there is to say.

 Williamsburg, Brooklyn: The Best Neighborhood in Brooklyn for the Arts*

*And by arts, I mean hipsters.

A quick history lesson: until the gentrification of the Lower East Side, the center of hipsterdom was located in the heart of Manhattan, primarily in Alphabet City. However, as the area became more expensive and modern, bohemians and hipsters were forced out into Brooklyn into Williamsburg, where they now collectively reside in a colossal morass of androgynous hair styles, skintight jeans, and fish-eye lens. If any of these descriptions fit you, you probably already know where you're going to live (and may as well stop reading this article on your personalized laser-etched iPad). For the rest of you, here's a quick rundown.

Williamsburg offers a wide variety of communities, including Hasidic Jews, Italians, and the Polish. It has a great art scene, with dozens of old industrial buildings transformed into concert centers and studios, and its close location to Manhattan, along with great public transportation, makes it a desirable home location for all types of people, not just the arts scene. Music has also found a home here, with soul and funk music taking root in studios around the city, and cheap housing is generally available throughout the city. Recently though, to the joy of some and the chagrin of many, modern luxury buildings such as 184 Kent and 175 Kent Avenue have sprung up in the neighborhood, offering a more gentrified option in lieu of traditional housing.

Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn: The Best Neighborhood in Brooklyn for Couples

If you're recently married, have been married for decades, or are planning far in advance to get married but have yet to find an actual partner, then Carroll Gardens is where you want to be. A lush neighborhood of brownstones among parks and perfectly maintained front and back gardens, Carroll Gardens possess many well-known religious monuments such as St. Mary's Star of the Sea and St. Paul's Episcopal Church:

It also hosts a wealth of bars and restaurants, many of them Italian as a nod to its historical heritage. Nearby food markets, homely cafes, and a spectacular waterfront complete the ensemble. You can't go wrong with such a charming neighborhood.

For those of you who like to constantly compare things, check out more of the "Best Neighborhoods in NYC" from the other 4 boroughs:

Best Neighborhoods in Manhattan

Best Neighborhoods in Queens

Best Neighborhoods in the Bronx

Best Neighborhoods in Staten Island

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