The hot spot for tech startups in Brooklyn, DUMBO is small in size but has a bit of everything. First of all, it’s right near the water across from Manhattan, and the parks offer spectacular views of the city’s skyline. The proliferation of tech companies have brought in a younger crowd and with it, great food places, shops, and cultural centers. Though it is not cheap by any means, if you can afford to live here, it’s hands down one of the best options in the city.
For those who enjoy regular brunches, dining, shopping, and a fast-paced lifestyle, Nolita is undoubtedly an excellent choice for its central location and status as a hot spot for all sorts of activities. The area is booming and doesn’t look to be slowing down, though the changes are still relatively recent. But with Soho to the west, Little Italy and Chinatown to the south, and the Lower East Side to the east, it was only a matter of time before it became the vibrant pulse of Manhattan. It goes without saying that the prices aren’t for the fainthearted.
With Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights becoming as expensive as their trendy counterparts in Manhattan, Brooklynites must look further east to find an area that’s less harsh on the purse strings but still offers plenty to do. Bushwick is known for its hipster culture and graffiti, and there’s certainly no lack of late-night entertainment venues. Its proximity to the nearby neighborhoods of East Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy also makes it a good place to be for a bit of variety when needed.
For a more residential feel, Park Slope is a good option. Located right next to Prospect Park, it’s family-friendly and perhaps quieter than other neighborhoods, but it’s not far from downtown Brooklyn to the north, and the Whole Foods Market in Gowanus is convenient if you’re a fan of the store.
In recent years, Crown Heights has seen new coffee shops and bars popping up all around its mainstays of Franklin and Nostrand Avenues. The traditionally Afro-Caribbean demographic is now mixed with millennials seeking affordable rent, and the train options offering convenient access to Manhattan helps to draw them in for sure. This neighborhood is one to watch because it seems to be on the verge of hopping over the line and becoming quite possibly unaffordable for many in the next few years.
Astoria is to Queens what Williamsburg is to Brooklyn. One of the first neighborhoods to be gentrified in Queens, its proximity to Manhattan is definitely a plus, as are the diverse culinary options available due to the mixed demographic of the neighborhood. As hip and cultural as it is, however, Astoria has a much more residential vibe than some of its sisters in Manhattan and Brooklyn. So if you like a homey feel with large living spaces, this is a good bet.
Though the impending halt of the L train looms over the neighborhood’s head like an oncoming storm, Williamsburg is still one of the best places to be for millennials. It’s got everything from hip movie theaters that serve cocktails to one of the best Whole Foods in the city to countless chic food joints with unmistakably millennial concepts. There’s no shortage of things to do, and not a day goes by without spotting a well-dressed hipster. It would be a mistake to omit Williamsburg from any list mentioning millennials, so here’s the obligatory shoutout.