The sky’s the limit in Downtown Brooklyn, as many new commercial and residential buildings soar. Along Flatbush Avenue and within the triangle bordered by Schermerhorn St., shiny new rental and condo towers are replacing older structures at a breakneck pace. The lifestyle pace is also fast during the workweek, as office buildings, stores, and colleges fill with students, professionals, and workers. The evenings and weekends bring less foot traffic yet maintain an active vibe. While Downtown Brooklyn isn’t quite as dense and tall, it feels closer to Manhattan than most Brooklyn neighborhoods. Then, within a very few block walk in 3 directions, you can be in the heart of a number of the more typical Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, and Fort Greene.
The building boom extends to exciting new commercial spaces as well. DeKalb Market Hall, featuring an outpost of Katz’s Deli, Arepa Lady, Ample Hills Ice Cream, and many more mouth-watering options, sits beneath the new City Point locations of Target, Trader Joe’s, Flying Tiger, and more popular retail. Alamo Drafthouse Cinemaoffers dine-in service and a bar. An Apple store opened in a futuristic glass structure at the base of a new residential building on the border of Fort Greene.
There are some fabulous older buildings in the neighborhood as well as the many new developments. Prices in Downtown are on the higher end for Brooklyn as a whole, but not quite as high as the quieter surrounding neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Fort Greene,Boerum Hill, and Carroll Gardens.
Just about every subway snakes through this well-positioned neighborhood, with only 1-2 stops into Manhattan.