Sunset Park/Bay Ridge for the brownstone-Brooklyn-loving single lady
August 19, 2014 10:08 AM Subscribe
What in Sunset Park and/or Bay Ridge Brooklyn would make me want to live there? I'm going to go exploring, but give me somewhere to start.
posted by greta simone to Grab Bag (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking at exploring unfamiliar neighborhoods in the hope of perhaps moving to them in the near future. I'm very familiar with neighborhoods in North and Central Brooklyn, as well as somewhat familiar with many of the neighborhoods south of the Park (Ditmas, Midwood). But I know very little about Sunset Park and Bay Ridge. I'm a single woman in her early thirties, and I enjoy [by enjoy, I mean adore and love] the life provided by my current neighborhood (Clinton Hill), but I am soon to be priced out and need to expand my options for when my lease is over.
To give you an idea of why I like and dislike certain areas:
Fort Greene is my favorite neighborhood by far because it has most everything that I like--wine bars with gardens, good casual restaurants, film, books, parks, pretty streets with pretty houses and pretty trees, young families/young professionals, café culture. I detested Bushwick when I lived there because: underwhelming architecture, too many young party kids, very little natural beauty, the L train, dirty, dark. I've been looking at a lot at places in Crown Heights because I like a lot of what that neighborhood has to offer, but it is already mostly out of my price range. I've also been looking in Ditmas Park because I have friends there, and it's pretty, but it the vibe is almost a little too suburban for me. I'm poking around in Bed-Stuy and PLG, but I'm familiar with them and they don't really do it for me.
A few things:
The commute isn't too important to me--I work downtown convenient to most trains. Safety is important as I am a single woman. I'm pretty savvy when it comes to searching for apartments, so I don't need any tips specific to that (unless you want to give them to me, no harm in that).
So I'm hoping to hear some things from you guys that could get me excited about somewhere like Sunset Park or Bay Ridge, and pockets of those neighborhoods I can explore some day in the next few weeks. Short of going to Industry City Distillery once, I have had zero introduction to the area, so I'm looking for some tips of what I should check out before looking at apartments to move there.