The key features for businesses in Brooklyn include:
- Popular among many creative professional services or TAMI (technology, advertising, media and information/data science) companies.
- Companies located in Brooklyn include Etsy, education technology company 2U, JPMorgan Chase, Honeybee Robotics, United Technologies Digital and more.
- According to the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, venture capital investment in Brooklyn based companies totaled $1.23 billion between 2012-2016.
Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO
Two waterfront neighborhoods running along the East River and pierced by the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) are places with storied industrial history that have in recent years, evolved and transformed into highly sought after residential neighborhoods, with retail and recreational destinations. Brooklyn Bridge Park provides over a mile of waterfront park and recreation space with playgrounds, sports fields and Jane’s Carousel, all with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. Extending south along Flatbush Avenue is Downtown Brooklyn, home to the New York City College of Technology and Long Island University Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO are accessible via subway on the 2,3,4,5,A,C,F and R lines.
Bookended by the Barclays Center to the north, and the Brooklyn Museum and Prospect Park to the south, Prospect Heights is characterized by trendy restaurants, bars and plenty of shops along Flatbush Avenue, as well as a diverse residential community rich in an array of culture that populate the brownstone laden streets radiating from Flatbush Avenue.
Prospect Heights is also home to the Beaux Arts Brooklyn Museum, the third largest museum in New York City and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. Both of these attractions hold regular events and exhibitions popular with New Yorkers and tourists alike. To the south is Prospect Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the same architects behind the more well-known Central Park in Manhattan.
Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood is a scenic place with a more relaxed but still a bustling atmosphere. Home to the one and only Brooklyn Brewery, as well as unique shops like London-based Rough Trade – a musical culture and event venue where you can buy vinyl records, as well as plenty of trendy restaurants to choose from.
Connected to Manhattan via Williamsburg Bridge and the L train on the Subway, as well as to Queens by the G train, Williamsburg provides ample transportation opportunities across New York City.
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Visible from the BQE (Brooklyn-Queens Expressway – I-278) the Brooklyn Navy Yard was once one of the U.S. Navy’s primary shipbuilding installations, peaking during World War II and in operation until it was decommissioned in 1966 and the 300-acre campus was then sold to the city of New York. Following varying plans and gradual growth of small industrial enterprises, in 2004 Steiner Studios opened a 310,000 square foot studio complex and state-of-the-art TV and film production facility which then doubled in size six years later in 2010 with additional expansion planned and underway. Today, a mix of modern and traditional manufacturing businesses are located here creating an array of products spanning industries from furniture and home goods, to medical technology as well as art and fashion.
According to the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation there are over 400 urban manufacturing businesses located here with and additional two million square feet of development expected to be completed by 2020. In addition to multiple bus lines there is a free shuttle to the Brooklyn Navy Yard that connects to subway stops on the 2,3,4,5, F, G, A, C, B, D, N, Q, and R lines.
Park Slope and Gowanus
Park Slope is known for its elegant brownstones and tree-lined streets, and the young families that have flocked to the neighborhood. Park Slope is the site of The Royal Tenenbaums, extending from the western face of Prospect Park down to the Gowanus Canal. Filled with restaurants and charming boutiques, new residential housing is being built and with it, a new need for flexible office space near one’s home and school district.
Gowanus has grown from a neighborhood re-purposed by artists into a bourgeoning shopping district with local crafts and dark clubby bars. Several small, excellent restaurants are celebrating 5-10 years operating in Gowanus. A sizeable Whole Foods and a supply of warehouse buildings make this an appealing place to look for flexible workspace.
Greenpoint is the center of design; from graphic design studios, to web developers, jewelers, and furniture vendors. It is home to an EXPO centre that specializes in satellite art fairs and design showcases. There are several renovated factories that house design collectives and trendy shared work spaces for those in the creative industries.
Located to the northeast of Williamsburg, the neighborhood is a close community with many residents living and working within a few block radius. It is the old Polish hub of Brooklyn and is still know for the many places for a good pierogi, with other old neighborhood classics such as the Peter Pan donut shop.
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