Today Brooklyn has sprinted past “hot” and moved straight to “incendiary” as the borough of choice, not only for artists and other trendsetters, but young professionals and families looking for the livability—shopping, dining, recreation, and entertainment—on offer here. Its proximity to Manhattan is also a selling point but the truth is that these days, amenities are so plentiful that many Brooklynites don’t see much of a reason to venture out of their own back yard.
With more than 30 unique neighborhoods, Brooklyn offers something for nearly everyone. Park Slope, with its elegant brownstones, has long been a haven for affluent yuppies, while the more affordable Bay Ridge exudes a small-town vibe. A waterfront location and gritty industrial-maritime feel are the draw in Red Hook, while Williamsburg has overtaken Manhattan’s Village and SoHo among artists and young professionals seeking to live and work in lofty spaces that command (slightly) lower prices. And while visitors to New York City are still overwhelmingly drawn to Manhattan, Brooklyn is fast becoming a tourist destination in its own right.