About Downtown Brooklyn

A Business District Becoming More Residential
With its skyscrapers rising behind Brooklyn Heights from Cadman Plaza to Navy Street and from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway down to Hoyt Street, Downtown Brooklyn is New York City’s third largest business district (behind Midtown and Lower Manhattan). The unique architecture of its classic 20th century cityscape was recently recognized as the Borough Hall Skyscraper Historic District, home to key civic and commercial buildings like MetroTech Center, Brooklyn Borough Hall, and Federal and Kings County courthouses. This “downtown” heart of the borough is in the midst of being transformed into a model 21st-century commercial center, cultural community and growing residential neighborhood. Several of the city’s schools and universities call the neighborhood home as well.

Rather than a nine-to-five zone, “DoBro” as it has begun to be called, is on track to become a 24- hour residential neighborhood. Because of its growing amenity base and also the nearby desirable neighborhoods such as Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill and Fort Greene, in 2012 readers of the real estate blog Curbed picked Downtown Brooklyn as the winner of its annual "Curbed Cup" award for emerging New York City neighborhood of the year.

New, architecturally innovative full-service residential condominiums like Oro, Toren, City Point and the historic One Hanson Place have brought a new wave of affluent residents that make up the vanguard of a new downtown Brooklyn.

Steps from Culture and Conveniences
Downtown Brooklyn is steps away from some of the city’s best culture, dining, shopping, and family- friendly activities. Nearby, also, are Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for breathtaking Manhattan skyline views. In the neighborhood’s heart, the Borough Hall Greenmarket offers fresh produce from local farmers three days a week, and Cadman Plaza Park provides 10 acres of green space. The popular Brooklyn Academy of Music (“BAM”) is one of the city’s most important cultural venues, with an always-changing program of world-class music, film and theater events. Lively Fulton Mall is a local retail attraction–and overall fun way to spend an afternoon. Brooklyn will also be home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, moving here from New Jersey, and playing in the new Barclays Center arena near Atlantic and Flatbush avenues.

Multiple Subway Lines and the LIRR
Downtown Brooklyn is connected to Manhattan by the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Nearly all of the city’s subway lines stop here—the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, F, B, M, N, R, Q and G trains—and there are several subway stations serving the area, including the Atlantic Terminal, which also offers Long Island Rail Road commuter rail–as well as the subway.