Similar to Manhattan's FiDi, Downtown Brooklyn stands as the civic and commercial center of the borough with its many marble office buildings and financial centers. The area notably hosts the FDNY Headquarters, JP Morgan Clearing Corporation and non-profit organization Housing Works.

Past the civic grandeur, the atmosphere of Downtown Brooklyn settles among tree-lined streets and small-town inspired restaurants. When business hours draw to a close, the neighborhood beckons Brooklynites to enjoy its buzzing arts and cultural scene, or to relax at its many outdoor spaces including Cadman Plaza Park, Columbus Park and McLaughlin Park.

Neighborhood musts include dining in style at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, shopping at the Fulton Street Mall and trying a slice of Junior's Cheesecake. Newer to the area is Korilla BBQ, the favored South Korean food truck which enjoys a dedicated following and carries accolades such as “Rookie of the Year” at the Vendy Awards.


Downtown Brooklyn carried a specific significance during the mid-1800s. Many prominent abolitionists called the neighborhood home, at a time when the majority of New Yorkers were indifferent to the legality of slavery. Many churches at the time became safehouses on the Underground Railroad; and Walt Whitman was fired from The Brooklyn Eagle for his anti-slavery stance.


Across the East River, Brooklyn continues to emerge as an internationally recognized destination and lifestyle brand, with Downtown Brooklyn paving the way. The neighborhood’s boundaries extend from Cadman Plaza W to the west, the BQE to the north, Ashland Place to the east and Schermerhorn Street to the south.

With thirteen subway and fifteen bus lines, Downtown Brooklyn offers access to all that the borough and beyond have to offer. The area also offers easy travel via the Long Island Railroad and the East River Ferry.

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