Median rent: $1,800/one-bedroom
Commute to Manhattan: 45 minutes
If you want to see Brooklyn as it was in its 1960s and ‘70s heyday, Sheepshead Bay is the neighborhood to know. It’s an area packed with old-timers, just across from Brighton Beach, and surrounded by Gravesend and Marine Park.
“We have great access to public transportation, specifically the B and Q trains. It’s a close-knit community with great restaurants and a neighborhood feel,” says Natalie Pigoulevskey, a real estate agent with Compass and also a resident of Sheepshead Bay.
“It’s a wonderfully cultured neighborhood,” adds Matvey Khaimov, real estate agent with Citi Habitats. “The neighborhood has become a middle-class mecca, with up-and-coming businesses, doctors, lawyers. So many boutiques have opened, as well as malls. The neighborhood is a mix of two- and four-family dwellings, brownstones, five-floor walk-ups, etc.”
Bar and restaurant scene: You’re going old-school if you’re going out in Sheepshead Bay, definitely the least “scene-y” neighborhood on this list. But sometimes that’s even better. The neighborhood is home to iconic NYC deli Jay and Lloyd’s Kosher Deli, which was featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. If you’re into Uzbek food (and who isn’t?), you’ll want to try the dishes over at Nargis Cafe. Or if you want to get really crazy and try Uzbek-Korean fusion, check out Cafe At Your Mother-In-Law.