9 Reasons to Move to (or Stay in) Brooklyn
Who's moving to Brooklyn? Everyone. College grads, young couples, new families, screenwriters, businesspeople, dreamers, graduate students, artists of all stripes, restaurateurs, professionals. Global citizens, immigrants and people from New Jersey. A decade ago, some Manhattanites wouldn’t be caught dead living in a brownstone in Carroll Gardens or Prospect Heights. The simple arithmetic of real estate has been a driving force; you can get more space and a better location in Brooklyn than in Manhattan. Brooklyn’s the place to be.
There are probably 100 reasons to move to Brooklyn. Here are nine.
1. Forget Manhattan Skyscrapers
In Brooklyn you can see sky.
2. You Can Train for Jobs and Get an Education in Brooklyn
3. You Can Stay in Brooklyn on the Weekends for Movies, Music, Culture, Bars, Fun
Sure, Manhattan is the a world class cultural center. But you don't have to face the city's hustle bustle every weekend. You can feed your inner culture vulture with visits to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, St. Ann's Warehouse, concerts in the parks, and also literary readings, story telling and poetry slams.
And, if it's indie culture that moves you, there's plenty of entertainment, for instance:
4. The Beach is Just a Subway Ride Away
Take the train to Coney Island or Brighton Beach. Or take the Long Island Railroad from Atlantic Terminal straight to the famous Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound beaches of Long Island.
5. You Can Jog, Walk and Walk A Dog in Brooklyn Parks—They're Just Not That Crowded
- For splendid isolation, head to the Coney Island Boardwalk at dawn.
- For inspiration, go to DUMBO, where the views of the water, Manhattan, and the bridges never, ever get old.
- For convivial jogging, running and biking, try Prospect Park. For soccer, head to Red Hook.
Brooklyn's parks are abundant, and not too crowded to use. And, in the summer, most of them have free or almost free concerts and movies every weekend.
6. Not Only Will You Know Your Neighbors ...
You might end up having keys to each others' apartments.
7. Your Apartment Might Even Have a Little Back Yard.
With a tree, of course.(Why? Because A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)
8. Live Hyper-Local
Communities in Brooklyn really exist, neighborhood by neighborhood.
- Discover Brooklyn's classic Italian neighborhoods
- Experience the Best of Williamsburg
- Explore Greenpoint, where Polish immigrants and 20-something histers mingle
- Have a laugh at Park Slope, which is so gentrified it's even spawned a blog of locals who make fun ... of themselves.
Brooklyn divides naturally into dozens of distinct, walkable neighborhoods, each with its own history and style, sometimes with a distinct ethnic flavor. Many of Manhattan’s wonderful quirky old neighborhoods have been gentrified out of existence. But they’re going strong here, and, as a result, Brooklyn’s bursting with diversity and personality. The neighborhoods make Brooklyn a spectacular place to grow up, to raise a family, to live a life. When you come from Brooklyn, and a specific neighborhood in Brooklyn, you are coming from somewhere.
9. And everything—food, clothes, rent—is cheaper than in Manhattan.
Interested? Find out how to find an apartment in Brooklyn. And, if you're not sure, it's always an eye opener to stay with a friend or in a hotel or bed and breakfast for a few days, and live like a local.
10. Brooklyn Offers Lots of Things to Do, Whatever the Season
Enjoy First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum, lectures at the Brooklyn Public Library, the views of the Statue of Liberty from Red Hook, bike riding in Prospect Park, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, the West Indian American Labor Day Parade, and the Mermaid Parade—all free.