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Brooklyn Bound

Brooklyn is being called "the new Paris

Jump on the L, ladies, we’re heading to Kings County—Manhattan’s neighbor to the east.  The home of the famous Coney Island and rows of beautiful brownstones.  We’re going to Brooklyn, but sans our suitcases and frequent flyer miles.

Once upon a time, Brooklyn was most known for its crime, baseball and incredible pizza.  But if you want beauty, relevance and style?  Fuggedaboutit.  For that, you headed into Manhattan.  But in the last decade, BK has taken the lead in everything from music to design to art.  New York’s Left Bank is being called “the new Paris,” and it’s like a Birkin bag or accent nails.  Brooklyn is the capital of cool.  So much so, that the city has even become something of a brand.  European department stores are selling “Brooklyn” t-shirts.  A Brooklyn Brewery opened in Belgium.  Like Beyoncé and Game of Thrones, Brooklyn is so hot right now.  So without further ado, grab that camera and city map.  Here’s a brief guide to what it’s like to live in the City of Churches.

Things to do

Whether it’s a walk through McCarren Park on a sunny afternoon, or a tour of  a chocolate store and factory in Williamsburg, the delights of Brooklyn are endless.  Picture residents who bike (safely) down tree-lined streets, kayak in the Gowanus Canal, and squeeze in a SoulCycle class before heading to a creatively inspiring 9 to 5. Brooklyn is also known for its killer bars, some of the best coffee shops in the world, and incredible restaurants.  Eats-wise, it has everything from a neighborhood trattoria with a perpetual line out the door to Montreal-style delis with house-smoked meats, brisket and fat-marbled pastrami..  A few standouts come to mind, like Greenpoint for authentic Polish cuisine, Roberta’s in Bushwick for pizza, and of course, Nathan’s in Coney Island for frankfurters.

From home boutiques beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow to beauty stores in girly spaces, the shopping is enough to make any girl giddy.


This city is fashion-obsessed.  And while you’ll definitely see Prada and Anthro duds, this borough is particularly famous for its vintage and do-it-yourself spirit.  Like the Brooklyn Flea.  This classic New York experience features vendors selling antiques, specialty foods, vintage clothes and crafts.  In the spring, it takes place outdoors under bridges, next to the East River); in the winter, it opens  in the former Williamsburg Savings Bank.  There’re also unbelievable second-hand stores that feature trendy threads at spots like the famous Beacon’s Closet.  From home boutiques beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow to beauty stores in girly spaces, the shopping is enough to make any girl giddy.

 Nightlife and Dating

I mean, Maggie Gyllenhaal lives here.  Solange Knowles.  Even Sarah Jessica Parker is thinking of moving to Prospect Park.  Some people are calling Brooklyn “the new Manhattan,” in part because everyone’s moving there.  Brooklyn has become a hub for writers, artists, hipsters, and lucky for us, young and good-looking people.  For going out on the town, there’s everything from dancing until 4 a.m. at Enid’s, to hot new DJs at Union Pool.  For a date, take a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge.  Tour the Brooklyn Museum and be wowed- by mind-blowing art installations.  With some of the hottest mixologists, restaurants and clubs in the world, Brooklyn is also one of the best places to be single.  So why’d you have to go and get married and move to a brownstone, Miranda?  Geez.

 Property Price Points

While Brooklyn used to be the place you came from, now it’s the place you move to.  It’s one of the hottest neighborhoods on Earth, and New York’s most populated borough.  With an improving economy and not much space, prices are high, but they vary.  Like in DUMBO, a new home might cost you close to $950,000 while in Cobble Hill, you’d be looking more at $537,000. In 2013, however, newly popular neighborhoods like Kensington and Ditmas Park were priced at $250,000 and $300,000.

We like to lend a hand to our ladies, so if you’re debating taking that job at Vogue… if you’ve never been to New York, but you’ve always dreamed of living there, we hoped we helped a bit.  P.S. We’re jealous.  Have a rye bread sandwich for us.

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Natalie Holtz
Natalie Holtz is an avid blogger and freelance journalist living in San Diego. Her work has been featured in regional magazines and by online publications such as WordPress' Freshly Pressed, Elephant Journal and Quarterlette. Inspired by her real estate-saavy grandmother, Natalie dreams about owning a house with a clawfoot bathtub and a garden. She is also passionate about empowering others to live their best lives through her writing. For more on Natalie, visit her blog http://thesurferstokeproject.com/.
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