Living in Brooklyn
In case you haven’t heard, Manhattan isn’t exactly the “It Spot” anymore. Of course, there’s plenty to do in New York City’s premier borough, but when it comes to finding a hipper, more youthful vibe, you’ll have to venture out to Brooklyn, arguably the trendiest and most fun of the five city boroughs. If you’re new to the city (or just unfamiliar) and aren’t sure of the best places to live in Brooklyn, don’t worry, we have your back.
The answer is simple: Gowanus.
Tucked away between Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, Gowanus is an industrial-chic neighborhood in Brooklyn. It’s home to its namesake canal and, since the 1970s when artists began to flock to the area, it has steadily gained street cred (and rightfully so) as it explodes into a destination in its own right. (It helps that its location makes it incredibly simple to get to, whether your primary mode of transportation is subway, bus, or car.)
Summertime In Gowanus
This summer, Gowanus will become an exceptionally fun place to be, thanks in part to it taking part in the city’s Summer Streets festival in August. For three consecutive Saturdays (beginning August 3), long stretches of Lafayette Street and Park Avenue will be blocked off to vehicular traffic to make way for a day of fun in the sun.
From 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., the streets will exchange the sounds of honking horns and chugging motors for the pitter patter of feet and squeaking of bicycle and stroller wheels. The three-day event is a way to encourage locals to make the most of the beautiful summer weather and embrace a more healthy lifestyle. (Yes, even in pedestrian-friendly NYC it can be easy to forget about the joys of a simple, leisurely walk.)
But this even isn’t just about walking. Be on the lookout for a sprinkling of “rest stops,” roadside attractions that should help incentivize locals even further. What can you expect? Everything from water slides to climbing walls to musical performances. There’s even a planned 165-foot zip line, perfect for getting an aerial view of the ‘hood while catching a cooling breeze.
Add to this the spattering of hip bars, unique shops, and one-of-a-kind restaurants, and it doesn’t take long to realize why Gowanus is one of the best places to live in Brooklyn. Come on by and give it a visit; we know you’ll love it. If you’re looking for the ideal Gowanus apartment check out the luxury amenities at 363 Bond Street and start living in one of best Brooklyn neighborhoods this summer!