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Overview of Brooklyn

With 2.5 million residents, Brooklyn packs in a lot of punch. This is New York City's most populous borough and its second largest. Immigrants have long flocked here-waves of Europeans, Latinos, Asians, Africans, and, yes, Midwesterners, too. Since the subways started running, Brooklyn has fed Manhattan with a steady diet of commuters. Now, many of those movers and shakers are considering Brooklyn apartments and rentals more than just a home base. Who needs Manhattan when Brooklyn offers so much? Its culture, its economy, and its more reasonable rents all combine to produce a pretty sweet sounding Brooklyn accent.

Living in Brooklyn

The Dutch were the first Europeans to plant a flag on this end of Long Island. The Village of Breukelen was what they called it in 1646. Twenty years later, the British stepped in, reorganizing the town into their Province of New York. It served as a base for the British during the Revolutionary War but then, as part of the new United States, it really found its footing. From 1800 to 1820, Brooklyn's population tripled, then it doubled again, and again by 1840. It enveloped the surrounding towns and reached its current boundaries by 1896. When the Brooklyn Bridge went up, residents voted to become a borough of New York City.

Brooklyn's modern history is a crisscrossing map of movement. Ethnic enclaves appear in one bit of the borough then shift to another as different waves arrive. Still, it's famous for how well everyone gets along. That's the Brooklyn motto-"Unity makes strength." Bedford-Stuyvesant is a cultural hub for African-Americans and the Caribbean community. Italians and Arabs congregate in Bay Ridge. Russians and Ukrainians choose Sheepshead Bay. Bushwick is largely Latino. And the latest wave? Say hi to the hipsters in Williamsburg.

Work & Study in Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a borough with a wealth of opportunity, both for study and work. City College of New York's Brooklyn College is considered one of the great bargains of higher education. It delivers academic excellence at an affordable price. You can find Brooklyn Law School downtown. The Pratt Institute, over in Clinton Hill, ranks as one of the leading arts, design, and architecture schools in the country.

Cost of Living in Brooklyn

Brooklyn's popularity is partially due to having cheaper rents and more space than in Manhattan. Studios in Brooklyn average $1,686 a month. In Tribeca, across the bridge, they can be $4,000. Of course, you'll find rents vary widely across this large borough. The cheapest areas are Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bay Ridge. The most expensive neighborhood of late is DUMBO, which stands for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass."

Brooklyn Attractions & Entertainment

Brooklyn doesn't skimp when it comes to culture. The Brooklyn Academy of Music has an opera house, theater, and cinemas. The Brooklyn Museum presents America's second largest public art collection. Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens keep the borough breathing easy. Need a thrill? Coney Island, one of America's first amusement parks, will take you on a spin-but hopefully not right after you've competed in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. For sports, things are looking up. The Brooklyn Dodgers may have moved to LA-still a sore point for locals-but the New Jersey Nets are packing their bags for Park Slope. They'll be the Brooklyn Nets in 2012 when the Barclay Center opens.

Brooklyn Special Events

Year-round, something's happening on the streets of Brooklyn. Don't miss the Coney Island Mermaid Parade in June or the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival in July. The West Indian American Day Carnival is the largest annual parade in New York City. Easier still, just grab a slice of pizza and watch the sun set over the city skyline. Take a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge and try and believe that this is where you're lucky enough to live.

Let Rent.com® help you find your new home in Brooklyn, New York. Whether you're an indie rocker set on Williamsburg or a homemaker hoping for Fort Greene, we're happy to lend a hand.

Aldyn - New York, NY 10069
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New York, NY 10069

$3395 - $13500

0-4 Beds 1-5 Baths

New York, NY (Manhattan, Upper West Side...)


$3395 - $13500

136 Units 0-4 Beds 1-5 Baths

The Beacon - Jersey City, NJ 07304
25

Jersey City, NJ 07304

$1675 - $5125

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Jersey City, NJ (Martin Luther King-Bergen, The Hill)


$1675 - $5125

515 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Capitol At Chelsea - New York, NY 10010
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(145)

New York, NY 10010

$3325 - $11443

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Flatiron, Gramercy-Flatiron...)

(145)

$3325 - $11443

387 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Morgan At Provost Square - Jersey City, NJ 07302
9

Jersey City, NJ 07302

$2010 - $4990

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Jersey City, NJ (The Waterfront, Van Vorst Park...)


$2010 - $4990

417 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon Morningside Park - New York, NY 10025
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(236)

New York, NY 10025

$3790 - $5920

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Manhattan, Morningside Heights...)

(236)

$3790 - $5920

295 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

10 Hanover Square - New York, NY 10005
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New York, NY 10005

$3171 - $11103

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

New York, NY (Downtown, Manhattan...)


$3171 - $11103

493 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

View 34 - New York, NY 10016
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New York, NY 10016

$3103 - $23282

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (East Side, Manhattan...)


$3103 - $23282

706 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon Clinton - New York, NY 10019
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(315)

New York, NY 10019

$2987 - $10553

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan...)

(315)

$2987 - $10553

339 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon West Chelsea - New York, NY 10001
12

New York, NY 10001

$3180 - $7655

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Chelsea, Manhattan...)


$3180 - $7655

305 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon Riverview - Long Island City, NY 11101
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(1171)

Long Island City, NY 11101

$2600 - $6065

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Long Island City, NY (Hunters Point, Queens)

(1171)

$2600 - $6065

372 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Avalon Bowery Place - New York, NY 10003
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New York, NY 10003

$4770 - $7995

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Downtown, East Village...)


$4770 - $7995

206 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

95 Wall - New York, NY 10005
16

New York, NY 10005

$2915 - $7358

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

New York, NY (Downtown, Manhattan...)


$2915 - $7358

507 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

21 Chelsea - New York, NY 10011
13

New York, NY 10011

$4225 - $6404

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Chelsea, Gramercy-Flatiron...)


$4225 - $6404

210 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon North Bergen - North Bergen, NJ 07047
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(303)

North Bergen, NJ 07047

$1750 - $2450

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

North Bergen, NJ (Marion, Martin Luther King-Bergen...)

(303)

$1750 - $2450

1 Unit 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

AVA High Line - New York, NY 10001
31
(168)

New York, NY 10001

$3180 - $8195

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Chelsea, Manhattan...)

(168)

$3180 - $8195

405 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon Kips Bay - New York, NY 10016
11
(133)

New York, NY 10016

$3384 - $6430

0-4 Beds 1-3 Baths

New York, NY (East Side, Kips Bay...)

(133)

$3384 - $6430

209 Units 0-4 Beds 1-3 Baths

Columbus Square - New York, NY 10025
16
(746)

New York, NY 10025

$2896 - $9995

0-4 Beds 1-4 Baths

New York, NY (Manhattan, Manhattan Valley...)

(746)

$2896 - $9995

710 Units 0-4 Beds 1-4 Baths

Avalon Cove - Jersey City, NJ 07310
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(554)

Jersey City, NJ 07310

$2595 - $6900

0-4 Beds 1-2 Baths

Jersey City, NJ (Hudson Exchange, Pavonia...)

(554)

$2595 - $6900

504 Units 0-4 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avalon Riverview North - Long Island City, NY 11109
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Long Island City, NY 11109

$2840 - $4734

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Long Island City, NY (Queens, Sunnyside)


$2840 - $4734

602 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Avalon Midtown West - New York, NY 10019
12
(221)

New York, NY 10019

$3492 - $5900

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

New York, NY (Manhattan, Midtown...)

(221)

$3492 - $5900

550 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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