Welcome to Downtown Brooklyn

A true downtown where food, culture, and transportation are all in abundance — and amenity-packed new developments bring that convenience even closer to home.

Key Details


amenities, co-ops, condos, shopping, new developments, downtown hustle, transit hub, townhouses, elevator buildings


Commute Times
Atlantic Terminal 12m. by train, 4m. by car
Grand Central 22m. by train, 20m. by car
Union Square 20m. by train, 17m. by car
Wall Street 13m. by train, 10m. by car
Nearest Subways
  • 2 train
  • 4 train
  • 5 train
  • a train
  • b train
  • c train
  • d train
  • f train
  • g train
  • r train
  • q train
East to West Ashland Pl. to Court St.
North to South Brooklyn-Queens Expy. to Fulton St.
Nearby Neighborhoods Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Boerum Hill

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Downtown brooklyn:
New residences emerge in a center of business and government.

Downtown Brooklyn has changed dramatically since rezoning in 2004 allowed for residential growth. Impressive new condos have reshaped the skyline, bringing a fresh mix of people and businesses to an area once known for courthouses, colleges and office buildings. The Brooklyn Bridge, which connects this neighborhood to Manhattan’s own civic center, serves as a reminder of the area’s rich history; the likes of Truman Capote, Arthur Miller and W. E. B. DuBois have all lived nearby.

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What to expect:
All the conveniences of a downtown, with its own unique atmosphere.

You’ll never be far from a bank or pharmacy, and Brooklyn’s cultural centers–from BAM to the Barclays Center–are all within close reach. Great restaurants, grocery stores, movie theaters, gyms and subways? Yes, they’re all right here, with an atmosphere totally distinct from the downtown across the river.

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The lifestyle:
Unafraid of big city energy.

Having an abundance of people, activities and shopping at your doorstep is a constant invitation to explore. But for those who need a balance, well-appointed residences make a great case for staying in.

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Unexpected appeal:
Green spaces were built in early, bringing pockets of laid back calm to balance the hustle.

A cluster of parks has long provided respite for area workers. Now it comes alive on weekends and after hours with family picnics, joggers and area residents flocking to the greenmarket at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

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The market:
Pool? Fireplace? Nothing is off the table in flourishing new developments. With a spike in inventory, there’s room for great value, too.

Jaw-dropping penthouses may get the press, but these condo towers have brought unprecedented inventory to the area, which means great value for some of the one bedroom units and studios.

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You'll fall in love with:
Being at home in the center of everything.

There isn’t just convenience at your doorstep; with so many parks and cafes, you’ll delight in finding your favorite quiet corner. A quick trip to Dumbo, Fort Greene or Boerum Hill offers even more options for weekend exploration.

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