Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Review
Downtown Brooklyn is truly the center of it all. Bordered by Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, and Boerum Hill, the area is a major hub for businesses, retail as well as a spectacular art and culture scene.
Historic brownstones, attractive new residential buildings, corner stores, coffee shops, and discount stores fill the area, along with many brand-name outlet stores such as Banana Republic, Gap, Macy's and Century 21.
Although Downtown Brooklyn is not a huge neighborhood, over 150 retailers operate on the eight blocks of Fulton Street, appropriately named Fulton Mall.
Once the Downtown area was seen as a center for offices, government buildings, and courthouses. Today, the neighborhood is a scurry of urban bustle and activity, full of entertainment, good eats, a growing skyline, and luxury housing and hotels.
The last decade has seen a major boom in construction, particularly in the retail and luxury housing sector, with an unofficial highest-skyscraper-in-Brooklyn contest going on.
One of the features of this neighborhood that makes it truly attractive to many is it's close proximity to Manhattan and the convenience of the many ways you can get to and from the city.
FUN FACT: Downtown Brooklyn is the third largest central business district in NYC, following Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan
Conveniently located near all major subway lines, the Fulton Mall is an ideal meet-up spot for some shopping or to enjoy an upscale, dine-in movie experience at The Alamo movie theater.
Literally, almost any subway line can be reached at this major hub and the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) is just a short walk to Atlantic Barclays Center.
Downtown Brooklyn is served by trains at the following stations:
- Jay St MetroTech
- Dekalb Ave
- Fulton Street
- Atlantic Av-Barclays Center
- Borough Hall
|Subway||A, C, G, F, R, B, Q, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Bus||B3, B25, B44, B57|
One of the area's best features is its bikability and walkability. There are lots of bike lanes and Citi-bike stations, and because the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges lie at the edge, walking across and biking across the East River are pleasant options.
Average Rent Prices
Residential towers and hotels are beginning to fill the side streets of downtown Brooklyn.
|Studio||1 Bedroom||2 Bedrooms||3 Bedrooms|
With a large population coming into the Downtown Brooklyn area every day, there have to be choices that cater to every taste.
The Dekalb Market Hall at City Point allows visitors to get a sampling of nearly every cuisine from Jamaican jerk to Vietnamese, from Polish to Middle Eastern.
Nearby is Hill Country BBQ Market for authentic Texas-style barbecue.
Rocco Taco's and Tequila Bar is a very spacious Mexican restaurant where you can grab some fresh guacamole, burritos and corn tortillas in a fun, casual environment.
Save room for dessert and you'll get to enjoy what many people hail as home to the best cheesecake in New York City - Junior's Cheesecake.
Located at the corner of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues since the 1950's, this landmark restaurant has been a favorite for celebrities, singers, presidents and hall-of-fame athletes alike.
Public & Charter Schools
Downtown Brooklyn is a highly sought-after neighborhood for parents particularly due to the wide variety of quality public, private and charter schools that are accessible via short commute distances.
Due to the high internation population in Downtown Brooklyn, many of the schools have ethnically diverse student bodies and staffs.
The schools in downtown Brooklyn are zoned for district #13.
|Explore Charter School||Public Charter, K-8, 521 students||Community feel, diverse staff in a low-key and warm atmosphere.|
|Science, Language & Arts International School||Private - PK-5 - 105 students||Math and art-based language immersion school, individualized stimulating curriculum.|
|Fusion Academy Brooklyn||Private - 6-12 - 55 students||Personalized curriculum, all courses are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom|
|City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology||Public - 9-12 - 458 students||Stimulating curriculum, opportunity to earn two college credits, specialized training|
|George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School||Public - 9-12 - 609 students||Students may learn to wire electrical circuits, repair computers or prepare food along with regular academic classes. They may receive industry certifications and CTE diplomas.|
|Brooklyn Prospect Charter School Elementary||Public Charter - K-1 & 6-11 - 769 students||IB program begins in kindergarten. Multiracial student body and staff. Highly sought-after school.|
|St. Joseph High School||Private Catholic All-Girls - 9-12 - 276 students||Student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. Offers many co-curricular activities. Award-winning Speech Team, School Newspaper, STEP Team and Fine Arts Program.|
|International Charter School of New York||Public Charter - K-2 - 300 students||New charter school with global outlook. Outdoor space for play, surrounded by public art.|
|The Brooklyn International High School||Public - 9-12 - 340 students||Blend of academics and arts education. All students complete a 12-week internship in a field in which they are interested.|