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Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Review - Brooklyn Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

Find out about the very best that Downtown Brooklyn has to offer. Learn about entertainment, restaurant, housing, transportation, schools, and the general vibe of this thriving Brooklyn neighborhood from this complete guide--great info for visiting or moving to the area.
Downtown Brooklyn
Editors Rating (3 stars out of 5)
6.4 Overall
Average Rent Prices 3
Public transportation 9
Schools 8
Lifestyle 9
Crime 3

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.

In this Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

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.

The cultural district is a major hub for artists, housing The Theater for a New Audience, the BRIC Arts Media House and the New York Transit Museum.

The City Point mall houses New York's only Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which features in-theater dining and premium seating.

Many top institutions are also located in the Downtown Brooklyn area like NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, NYC College of Technology, Pratt Institute, and Long Island University.

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


Subway Stairs

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
  • Hoyt-Schermerhorn
  • Atlantic Av-Barclays Center
  • Borough Hall
Bus Lines
BusB3, B25, B44, B57

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • 2 3

    IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line

  • 4 5

    IRT Lexington Avenue Line

  • A C

    IND Eighth Avenue Line

  • B D F

    IND Sixth Avenue Line

  • N Q R

    BMT Broadway Line

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.

Renting in Downtown Brooklyn

Residential towers and hotels are beginning to fill the side streets of downtown Brooklyn.

With the first high-rises that went up, the rental prices also began soaring in this area.

If you're looking to move, you can expect to dish out some of the highest prices in Brooklyn.

Median Asking Rent Price
Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedrooms3 Bedrooms

Average Rent Price History by Neighborhood

Apartments Available in Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood


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.

Shake Shack and Five Guys are local favorites for burgers and fries.

Nearby is Hill Country BBQ Market for authentic Texas-style barbecue.

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 international 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.

Local Schools
Explore Charter SchoolPublic Charter, K-8, 521 studentsCommunity feel, diverse staff in a low-key and warm atmosphere.
Science, Language & Arts International SchoolPrivate - PK-5 - 105 studentsMath and art-based language immersion school, individualized stimulating curriculum.
Fusion Academy BrooklynPrivate - 6-12 - 55 studentsPersonalized curriculum, all courses are one-to-one: one student and one teacher per classroom
City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and TechnologyPublic - 9-12 - 458 studentsStimulating curriculum, opportunity to earn two college credits, specialized training
George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High SchoolPublic - 9-12 - 609 studentsStudents 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 ElementaryPublic Charter - K-1 & 6-11 - 769 studentsIB program begins in kindergarten. Multiracial student body and staff. Highly sought-after school.
St. Joseph High SchoolPrivate Catholic All-Girls - 9-12 - 276 studentsStudent-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 YorkPublic Charter - K-2 - 300 studentsNew charter school with global outlook. Outdoor space for play, surrounded by public art.
The Brooklyn International High SchoolPublic - 9-12 - 340 studentsBlend of academics and arts education. All students complete a 12-week internship in a field in which they are interested.

How Safe is the Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 7 out of 10
Approximately 31.9933 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
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