Average one-bedroom: $2,250/month
Crown Heights has been carrying the up-and-coming descriptor for quite some time, and as small-batch cocktail bar after small-batch cocktail bar continue to open, it is a title that certainly fits. Plus, its subway access, proximity to the park, and cultural mishmash of luxury high-rises, Caribbean bodegas, and synagogues make it one of the more eclectic parts of Brooklyn.
“The one tradeoff of Crown Heights is that you’re inheriting a slightly longer commute, but you’re saving on rent,” says Riefflin. “It has a lower price point than Williamsburg, but in a lot of ways it feels like Williamsburg before it was the hot neighborhood. Still, there’s a lot of new construction, so it could potentially blossom into Williamsburg today.”
Who should live here: Those who miss the Williamsburg of yesteryear, and who perhaps had their eyes on Park Slope but don’t want to dodge baby strollers for the foreseeable future. Crown Heights offers lots of new restaurants and retail openings, and its main drag, Franklin Ave, is always buzzing with activity.