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The Best Thing About Brooklyn?

Culture Meets Diversity

Almost every Brooklyn resident you ask about the best part about living here brings up the people. While it gets dinged for the hipster takeover that has happened in many neighborhoods, it remains the 3rd largest city in the U.S. (it’s not technically a city anymore but it functions like one) so Brooklyn is for sure not any one thing. Families, singles, couples, LGBTQ communities(particularly lesbian),white, black, hispanic, chinese, russian, jewish, indian, pakistani -- seriously the diversity in the communities is amazing and a reported 800 languages are spoken here. Sure there’s great food, and the neighborhoods and housing can be wonderful in price and size relative to Manhattan but for most it comes down to the people and the feeling in real communities.

Here's a pov on Brooklyn from a native of Manhattan:
As someone who lives in Manhattan and frequently visits friends in BK, the differences between the two in demo and overall atmosphere are pretty glaring. Brooklyn attracts a younger, more laid back crowd. Typically folks in the creative industries. I feel the music and bar scenes there have overtaken the ones in the city. Plus, it’s been the hot, raved about borough for years now (read: gentrification). Manhattan there’s a mix but the UWS in particular is mostly families and students.

The Worst Thing About Brooklyn?

Come On, You Know It’s The Hipsters

There are very few places in the world where the rise in Hipster population has been blamed for a city’s fall from grace more than Brooklyn. It started for the most part in the 2000’s when prices in Manhattan pushed lots of younger people across the bridge to neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook, Dumbo and a heck of a lot more. Part of the issue is just housing prices. Brooklyn was affordable, it now is much less so. All the hipsters and families moving in pushed up the prices and pushed out the historic locals. Another part of the issue is the impact these rising prices and new people had on local commercial areas. Historic retail was priced out and precious boutiques took their place.

Here's the pov of a local who thinks the hipsters are actually all gone now: Really I haven't seen many true hipsters in the city for a while now. The proper 'hipsters' moved to cheaper cities, what's left is more of a neo-yuppy type of thing

Lifestyle Of Brooklyn?

As noted, virtually every type of lifestyle is available in Brooklyn. Families out in Bay Ridge or Park Slope live suburban-ish lifestyles (by New York standards) and neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy is a dense city-centric neighborhood. Posh, gentile lifestyle exists in old-line wealthy neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights, or newer wealth like Dumbo or Park Slope. Huge parks provide green options for locals but for the most part Brooklyn is a brick and concrete borough filled with people that for some is too much in terms of density but for some offers and escape from the madness of Manhattan.

If you want to see some of the things to do in Brooklyn check out the calendar of events:

Why You Should Move Here Now?

Escape from New York

For West-Coasters looking to move here it can be easy to think of Brooklyn the way Bay Area residents think of Oakland. More diverse, more culturally interesting, less expensive and in many cases, younger than the bigger city next door. If you want to escape Manhattan or come to NYC but get a more local community vibe then put Brooklyn on your list.