South of Park Slope is a neighborhood that can still be defined as “real” Brooklyn. Back in the day it was home to many Irish, Polish, Finnish, and Norwegian immigrant families, and eventually Italians and Germans joined in. Today, it’s also home to Puerto Ricans and Dominicans, as well as people from other Latin American and Caribbean countries. It is also home to Brooklyn’s first Chinatown. And, let’s not forget the growing “hipster” scene with the development of Industry City, a massive space of rentable creative, office, and manufacturing space. Artists and musicians now flock to the neighborhood, especially on Sundays for the famous Mister Sunday dance parties.
“Sunset Park was, and continues to be, one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in Brooklyn,” says realtor Peter Bracichowicz. “It is home to people of all nationalities and backgrounds. But lately it is attracting people like artists, professionals, and families. It has a beautiful park, and life buzzes around it.”
Average one-bedroom rent: $1,500-1,800/month
Bar and restaurant scene: Take a tour of the world in Sunset Park with some of the best ethnic eats around. For a bomb bowl of pho head to Thanh Dah, located on the edge of Chinatown. The best Mexican will be at El Tenampa, where you’re getting the enchiladas. And for dim sum brunch head to East Harbor Seafood Palace. Other dim sum notables include New Spring Garden, Bamboo Garden, and Park Asia.
Public transportation situation: Three subway lines run through Sunset Park. The D, N, and R lines have stations at 25th St, 36th St, 45th St, 53rd St, and 59th St. The D also has a station at 9th Ave. The N line has two additional stations at 8th Ave and Fort Hamilton Parkway.