Downtown Brooklyn Apartments and Condominiums

Downtown Brooklyn is the third largest central business district in New York City, following Midtown Manhattan and Lower Manhattan and is located in the northwestern section of Brooklyn. It runs from the BQE on the north to Atlantic Avenue / Barclays Center on the south and Flatbush Avenue on the East to Cadman Plaza on the West. Downtown Brooklyn is connected with Manhattan by the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and has outstanding public transportation accessibility. The neighborhood is known for its office and residential buildings, such as the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower and the MetroTech Center office complex, that give the area its own unique skyline.

Since the rezoning of Downtown Brooklyn in 2004, the area is undergoing a transformation, with $9 billion of private investment and $300 million in public improvements underway. Historically, Downtown Brooklyn has primarily been a commercial and civic center, with relatively little residential development. Housing included a few apartment buildings on Livingston Street, and seven 15-story buildings that make up the over 1,000 unit Concord Village co-op development on Adams Street, at the borders of both Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. The rezoning has allowed for denser residential development in the area, bringing new condominium towers, rental developments and office conversions.

Downtown Brooklyn is the civic and commercial downtown center of the former City of Brooklyn, now consisting of 2.5 million people. The area includes Brooklyn Borough Hall, the Kings County New York State courthouse and is also home to several universities including St. Francis College, St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn Law School, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, New York City College of Technology and Long Island University. Attractions abound within the area with the shops and restaurants of Fulton Mall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Transit Museum and Barclays Center all nearby. Junior’s, a landmark restaurant on Flatbush Avenue, has been known for its world famous cheesecake since 1950. Palmer’s, a stylish new diner on Gold Street, features coffee and pastries in the morning, and dinner at night. The Brooklyn Brew House on Duffield Street serves over 40 local, imported and craft beers, as well as innovative cocktails and a late night menu. Recent new additions to the area include Shake Shack, Panera bread and H&M.

Three days a week the Borough Hall Greenmarket, featuring fresh produce from local farmers, operates on the plaza fronting Borough Hall. Cadman Plaza Park provides 10 acres of green space in the neighborhood, and was recently renovated by the New York City Parks Department. A new park is also planned for the area, known as the Willoughby Square Park.

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