5 top areas in Brooklyn for renting

Finding the best neighborhoods in Brooklyn can be a daunting task for a newcomer. Whether you’re concerned about accessibility or attractions…

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New York and the surrounding boroughs are some of the most desirable real estates in the country. Brooklyn is no different. Plenty of cultural attractions, nightlife, and dining, combined with proximity to major business centers, make Brooklyn a wonderful place to live. However, even in a single area, there can be a lot of variance from neighborhood to neighborhood. This is especially difficult for first-time New York renters to navigate.

With this in mind, here are some of the best neighborhoods in Brooklyn for people looking for convenience and entertainment.


DUMBO (standing for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is hailed as one of the best neighborhoods in Brooklyn. In fact, it’s considered one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the entire city. One of the major reasons for this is that it has a combination of great public schools and cultural attractions for families. However, for younger residents, there are also plenty of nightlife and outdoor activities for younger residents. In short, DUMBO has something for everyone, while still having that classic Brooklyn visual feel. In addition, this neighborhood’s easy accessibility to public transit makes it a great way to get to some of the hidden gems across Brooklyn and New York in general.

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Dumbo’s popularity can make it difficult for many renters to find available properties on their own, but there are Blueground rentals in the area, well-suited for corporate travelers and New Yorkers alike. Blueground offers a variety of fully-furnished Brooklyn apartments for short-term rentals starting at one month. Monthly rental in DUMBO is a great match to live in an area without having to make a huge financial or time commitment

Prospect Heights

Prospect Heights is an area on the rise in terms of development but has the benefit of being close to a variety of Brooklyn highlights. For example, it’s situated right between the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Museum. In addition, sports fans won’t be too far from the Barclays Center.

Building by the lake in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders play here. There are also plenty of other events during the off-season as well. To cap off the youthful and relaxed vibe, there’s also plenty of eating and dining. For the practically minded, transportation to other parts of the city is easily accessible.

Carroll Gardens

Carroll Gardens is one of the top options as far as commutes to Manhattan go, but it’s also one of the best neighborhoods in Brooklyn for families and young professionals. This is due to a huge shopping scene as well as some great dining.

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Even if you’re not interested in a kid-friendly area, the combination of historic flair and modern amenities is a major draw for a short-term stay. The neighboring communities of Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill are also great places to live.

Brooklyn Heights

If you’re looking for a quieter side of Brooklyn, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than this area. As the first neighborhood covered by the city’s 1965 Landmarks Preservation Law, Brooklyn Heights has retained the classic cobblestone streets and restored row houses that many people associate with historical Brooklyn. Thousands of people come to the waterfront on a daily basis to take a look at the view or simply relax.

A bench in Brooklyn overlooking Manhattan, NYC

In fact, Brooklyn Heights has become a bit of a tourist destination among city goers. On top of being a little oasis of calm in NYC, this is also one of the best neighborhoods in Brooklyn as far as location is concerned. DUMBO and the Brooklyn Bridge are very close for commuters. Carroll Gardens and its great shopping scene aren’t far away, either.


Williamsburg has evolved to become the epicenter of “hipster culture” in Brooklyn. This means that there’s no shortage of trendy dining and shopping options in the neighborhood. However, this exterior belies a deep cultural and artistic heritage. You could easily pass your days by just exploring the small shops, art galleries, and other activities. One side note that we should make about East Williamsburg is the fact that it’s one of the top LGBTQ-friendly neighborhoods in NYC. There are several gay-friendly bars and clubs around the area.

View of Brooklyn Bridge in Williamsburg

As a side note, life in Williamsburg comes with a price tag. For premium furnished housing in Williamsburg, Blueground offers an uber-stylish two-bedroom on Wythe Avenue.

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Editorial Team

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