7 best neighborhoods to live in Brooklyn in 2020

Known for its diverse art scene, relatively spacious apartments, cheaper living, and coffee options, Brooklyn, New York, is definitely worth it if you want to move to this borough.

We at Moishe’s Self Storage rated each of the top seven neighborhoods with a five-star scale so you can have peace of mind when considering your move to this area. As you plan your move to Brooklyn, NYC, we broke down livability in four categories:

  • Safety in the neighborhood (crime rates)
  • Public transportation (how close stops are)
  • Housing cost (single bedroom or studio per month)
  • Surrounding stores for food and shopping

Bay Ridge 5 star

This neighborhood has everything. Safety, shops, grocery stores, good prices on housing, and good public transportation. Don’t miss out on the parks along the edge of Upper Bay. Also, don’t miss the view of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge.

If you can bear to be away from Manhattan and on the edge of the city, this is the spot for you.

 

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Demographics

    • Residents: 79,371
    • Household income: $68,679
    • Race makeup: 66.4% White, 15.9% Hispanic or Latino, 13.3% Asian, 1.8% African-American, and 0.1% Native American.
    • Ages: 20% are between the ages of 0–17, 34% between 25–44, and 25% between 45–64

Safety in the neighborhood 5 star

Robberies dropped a remarkable 81 percent, and car theft, a major concern in a community where most families own vehicles, dropped by an eye-popping 92 percent. In most major crime categories, Bay Ridge ranks among the top 10 safest for the entire city and is among the safest neighborhoods in Brooklyn.

Public transportation 5 star

The R subway runs right through this neighborhood. You have a few options for stops, but the one in the hear is Bay Ridge – 95 St.

Housing cost

The cost to live here is relatively cheap compared to other areas of New York City. The low-end is $1,600 and goes up to $2,200 a month for a one-bedroom apartment.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

There are good options for groceries in this area. CTown Supermarkets, Foodtown of Bay Ridge, The Food Emporium, Brooklyn Market, and A. L. C. Italian Grocery are a few options.

There are stores to shop at as well. Century 21 Stores, Classic Impressions Inc, Consign Connection, and Banana Republic Factory store are a few to check out.


Prospect Heights

This smaller neighborhood is safe, convenient, has shopping and grocery stores. The only downside is how expensive housing is in this area.

Don’t miss the Grand Army Plaza and Mt. Prospect Park where you can get a taste of history and play outside with other residents.

 

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Demographics

    • Residents: 19,849
    • Household income: NA
    • Race makeup: 47.2% White, 30.1% African American, 11.5% Hispanic or Latino, 6.6% Asian, and 0.2% Native American
    • Ages: NA

Safety in the neighborhood

Prospect Heights is safer than 82% of the cities in the United States. In Prospect Heights you have a 1 in 138 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. The number of total year over year crimes in Prospect Heights has decreased by 5%.

Public transportation 5 star

There are good options for public transportation that run along the west and south side of the neighborhood. You best stop would be 7 Avenue Station.

Housing cost

Housing is a little expensive in this area. The low-end is $2,100 per month and the high-end is $3,400.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

A few options for grocery store stores are Fodotown of Prospect Heights, Cepeda Grocery, and GalaFresh Farms. There are more options outside of the neighborhood as well.

You’ll have a few options for shopping in this area: O.N.A., 1 of a Find Vintage, and Unnameable Books.


Williamsburg

This neighborhood is great in the area of public transportation. Housing cost has a wide range of options.

many young people move here because of the chic fashion boutiques and unique restaurants. Don’t miss the Williamsburg Bridge, East River State Park, and McCarren Park.

 

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Demographics

    • Residents: 32,926
    • Household income: $76,608
    • Race makeup: 86.2% White, 10.5% Hispanic, 2.4% Black, and 0.1% Asian
    • Ages: 23% are between the ages of 0–17, 41% between 25–44, and 17% between 45–64

Safety in the neighborhood

Although there has been a large amount of redevelopment in this area, there have been many instances of people getting robbed for their gadgets (iPods, cell phones, etc), moreso than in other areas.

Public transportation 5 star

There are four subways going through this neighborhood: J, M, G, and L. The best station is the Marcy Av in the heart of the neighborhood. There are, however, many stops that are accessible to residents.

Housing cost

There’s a wide range of prices available in this neighborhood. The lowest option is $1,600 and the highest goes up to $5,000+. Most of the options are on the lower-end.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

A few spots for shopping are Pilgrim Surf + Supply, Catbird, Swords-Smith, and Brooklyn Denim Co.

A few shops to pick up groceries are Brooklyn Harvest Market, Foodtown of Williamsburg, and Whole Foods Market.


Brooklyn Heights

This neighborhood has many things that make is special, unrivaled views of Manhattan, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, unique shops, and the Pier 2 Roller Rink.

The one downside to this neighborhood is how expensive it is to live here. Be ready to fork over a hefty amount per month to afford this area.

 

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Demographics

    • Residents: 22,887
    • Household income: $56,599
    • Race makeup: 75.2% White, 8.8% Asian, 7.3% Hispanic or Latino, 5.5% African American, and 0.2% Native American.
    • Ages: 15% are between the ages of 0–17, 44% between 25–44, and 20% between 45–64.

Safety in the neighborhood

Per 100,000 residents, there were 193 assaults (282 nationally), 4.2 murders (6.1), and 62 robberies (135). So, this neighborhood is below the national level when it comes to crime, but crimes are still high.

Public transportation 5 star

Three major subway lines come through this neighborhood: 4, 5, 2, 3, A, and C. You’ll be able to get to Manhattan in just a few minutes from Brooklyn Heights. Your best stop to hit is Clark St. in the middle of this neighborhood.

Housing cost

Living here will definitely cost you. The lowest option is $2,500 and goes up to $5,500 a month. You pay for the convenience to get to Manhattan on the subway in only a few minutes.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

A few grocery store options are Perelandra Natural Food Center, Sahadi’s, Fresh Start Marketplace, and All In One Market.

A few shopping stores to go to are Brooklyn Women’s Exchange Inc, Perelandra Natural Food Center, Holler & Squall, and Earth Speaks.


Carroll Gardens

If you want to be near Manhattan but don’t want to pay the high prices of Brooklyn Heights, then this is the place for you. There are not too many options for public transportation, but you will have good options for places to shop at.

 

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Demographics

    • Residents:38,353
    • Household income:$134,804
    • Race makeup: 60.9% White, 19.8% Hispanic or Latino, 11.9% African American, 4.5% Asian, and 0.2% (61) Native American.
    • Ages: 18% are between the ages of 0–17, 46% between 25–44, and 20% between 45–64.

Safety in the neighborhood

Per 100,000 residents, there were 255 assaults (282 nationally), 0 murders (6.1), and 62 robberies (137). So, this neighborhood is about the national average when it comes to assaults and robbery, but below when it comes to murder.

Public transportation

One subway line goes through this neighborhood with only one stop: Carroll St Station. The subway is the F, G line.

Housing cost

The monthly housing cost is $2,000 to $3,800, which isn’t a wide range of options, but it decently priced.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

A few grocery stores to note in this neighborhood are Court Street Grocers, Union Market, and Caputo’s Fine Foods.

A few shops that are worth visiting are Yesterday’s News Antiques and Collectibles, Carroll Gardens Wines & Liquors, Swallow, and Bird Brookly, Cobble Hill.


Park Slope

This neighborhood has the best of all worlds: public transportation, grocery stores, and shopping. The only downside is housing — it’s a little on the high end.

This laid-back area has a chill feel and also the hustle and bustle you’d expect from New York.

 

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Demographics

    • Residents: 67,649
    • Household income: $134,804
    • Race makeup: 67.3% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, 6% Asian, 6.4% African American, and 0.1% Native American.
    • Ages: 18% are between the ages of 0–17, 46% between 25–44, and 20% between 45–64

Safety in the neighborhood

Per 100,000 residents, there were 346 assaults (282 nationally), 0 murders (6.1), and 147 robberies (137). So, this neighborhood is higher than the national numbers when it comes to assaults and robbery, but below when it comes to murder.

Public transportation 5 star

Many subway lines run through and around the neighborhood. You won’t have a hard time finding a ride somewhere in the city.

Lines F, G, 2, 3, 4, D, R, W all run through this area. Two of the best stops (depending where you are) are 7 Avenue Station and Union St.

Housing cost

The cost of housing here is a little higher than most. The low end is $2,000 while it goes up to $4,500 a month.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

Grocery store options are Park Slope Food Coop, CTown Supermarkets, Key Food Supermarkets, and Awesome Organic Market.

Shopping options are Housing Works Thrift Shops, Bird Brooklyn – Park Slope, Square Stores, Eleven Consignment Boutiques, and Graphicolor.


Clinton Hill

This area is great for public transportation and grocery stores, but lacking in the area for shops, crime and housing costs.

The north side of this neighborhood borders the Brooklyn Navy Yard and isn’t too far from Prospect Park.

 

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Demographics

    • Residents: 34,791
    • Household income: NA
    • Race makeup: 42.2% African American, 35.6% White, 13.1% Hispanic or Latino, 5.2% Asian, and 4.2% Native American.
    • Ages: NA

Safety in the neighborhood

Fort Greene & Clinton Hill rank 55th for violent crimes — murders, rapes, robberies and felony assaults — with 75 incidents per 10,000 residents. Robberies were up 21 percent in 2010, from 196 to 237 incidents, fueled by a rise in muggings; and murders doubled that year, from three to six.

Public transportation 5 star

Two main subways go through this area: G and A, C. The two best stops are Clinton – Washington Av. and Clinton-Washington Avenues Station.

Housing cost

Housing has a small margin — between $2,275 and $3,500 a month. It makes it hard to have options for low-end and high-end places to live.

Surrounding stores for food and shopping

There are a few grocery stores to note in this area: Key Food Supermarkets, Waverly Gourmet Market, and Greene Hill Food Co-op.

Shopping is a little sparse, but a few to note are Bella Rosa Flower Shop, Empire Tobacco Shop, Urban Cycles, and All Wolves No Sheep Tattoo Parlour.


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