New York’s Down Under: DUMBO Tops The List Of The Best Brooklyn Neighborhoods To Live In
At the top of 100 best NYC neighborhoods and the top Brooklyn destination turned out to be DUMBO.
Ever since Brooklyn was proclaimed the most unaffordable place to live in America, searching for a cheap local neighborhood has officially become an exercise in futility. Finding the best Brooklyn neighborhood to live in, on the other hand, is a no-brainer now. Niche.com has recently come up with a list of 100 best NYC neighborhoods, and the top Brooklyn destination turned out to be… DUMBO.
You are probably wondering what it is exactly that got DUMBO the winning gold in this urban neighborhood Olympics, and the answer is a variety of factors. Niche.com was looking at all kinds of things from crime rates and cost of living to local schools, and, while each area had its unique set of pros and cons, Dumbo, apparently, scored highly on “strong real estate market,” “length of commute,” “general well-being” and “access to nightlife.” There are also downsides: DUMBO scored a C- in the cost of living category, for example, which doesn’t come as a surprise for me (oh, the struggle of roaming the local forage spots in search of reasonable priced breakfast options – and finding none!).
Interestingly, DUMBO has also ranked as an impressive number four in all the boroughs: the only neighborhoods which scored higher on the list are Tribeca, Battery Park City and Nolita. The winning combination of factors for these areas, by the way, remains the same: the cost of living kind of sucks – but hey, the nightlife is a solid A+ grade.
Whether or not we agree that DUMBO is the best Brooklyn hood ever, one thing is true: This neighborhood came a long way from what was once known as Fulton Landing to today’s upper-middle class paradise. Here at Agorafy we put together some cool images that reflect on DUMBO’s transformational journey and prove that, while it might not be really the best neighborhood to live in (at least, for those of us on a tight budget), it’s definitely the most photogenic one.
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