Neighborhoods Tagged as: Up & Coming

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  • (Brooklyn)

    "If one definition of a neighborhood ""arriving"" is its discovery by national chain stores, Bushwick is still decidedly in the ""up and coming"" camp. Bushwick was its own independent town for 200 years before casting its lot with Brooklyn in 1854. The town was cleaved into the neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. So many Germans settled here in the 1800s that the brewing industry was the economic foundation of the community. In 1904 44 breweries were keeping the borough awash in Bavarian Pilsner beer. In those days, Bushwick was a working class neighborhood with spotles...

  • (Brooklyn)

    To some native New Yorkers, the name “East New York” does not have the most positive connotation based on issues of the past. The East New York of today is a resurging neighborhood on the forefront of affordable housing, private and public. Sitting at the northeast corner of Brooklyn, East New York has become an integral part of New York City’s goal of creating neighborhoods that are affordable, safe, and accessible via public transit. Residential streets are lined with low-rise town homes, single-family houses, and mid-rise apartment buildings, while major thoroughfares provide a pletho...

  • (Brooklyn)

    Gowanus retains its gritty, industrial feel, despite the recent influx of residential and community ­oriented development. The neighborhood comprises the areas surrounded by its namesake canal, bordered by the Brooklyn­ Queens Expressway and Baltic Street north and south, and then 4th Avenue and Hoyt Street from the east and west. Gowanus’ history of industry has led to a deeply toxic canal, but the residents are forging ahead, aiming to create the area as a sort of “urban utopia.” Recent development includes, most notably, a superlative Whole Foods that features solar panels, windmill...

  • (Brooklyn)

    "Just at the tip of North Brooklyn rests a small neighborhood called Greenpoint. Accessible only by G-train stops at Nassau Avenue and Bedford or Manhattan Avenue and Greenpoint Avenue, the East River Ferry, or the B62 or B43 bus, the relative inaccessibility of this neighborhood is what makes it so charming. Home to generations of Polish immigrants, Manhattan Ave is full of pierogi restaurants and small businesses owned by generations of Polish Brooklynites. The area has not yet been as commercialized as its neighbor, Williamsburg – separated via MacCarren Park – and has become a...

  • (Brooklyn)

    Prospect Heights is a tiny, beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood in the northwest part of the borough. Its boundaries are Flatbush Avenue to the west, Atlantic Avenue to the north, Eastern Parkway to the south, and Washington Avenue to the east. The streets are tree-lined and brownstone-full, making the short walk to nearby Prospect Park a study in New York’s architectural history. Grand Army Plaza features some of the largest, grandest buildings in Brooklyn: the Brooklyn Public Library, Soldiers and Sailors Arch, Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Some new developments have appear...

  • (Bronx)

    The Grand Concourse is a prominent thoroughfare bisecting the heart of the Bronx, extending north from East 138th street to Mosholu Parkway and nearby Van Cortlandt Park. It has great accessibility to Manhattan, served by a plethora of subway lines, with Grand Central 25 minutes away. The neighborhood includes the Grand Concourse Historical District, a living museum of stunning and remarkably preserved apartment buildings and houses in the Art Deco, Art Moderne and Tudor styles, landmarked for posterity and extending from 153rd to 167th streets. The magic continues well past the historic dis...

  • (Bronx)

    Settled first by Europeans and wealthy landowning families, Hunts Point was once a playground for New York’s elite and a magnet for industrialists who saw opportunity in its wide open spaces, rail lines and waterways. Bounded by Bruckner Boulevard on the west and north, the East River on the south and the Bronx River on the east, this gritty peninsula at the southern tip of the Bronx houses the largest food distribution facility in the world – the Hunts Point Cooperative Meat Market. While Hunts Point advanced as a center for commerce during the 70s and 80s, its decline as a residentia...

  • (Bronx)

    "Jordan Lawrence Mott bought this southern chunk of the Bronx for his iron works in 1849 and the neighborhood of European immigrants that grew up around the furnaces was as gritty as the industry itself. But there were pockets of stylish affluence as well; one block of eye-catching brownstones on Alexander Avenue was called Doctor's Row, another on East 134th Street was Judge's Row. Mott Haven, defined by East 149th Street to the north, gave rise to the geographic distinction of the ""South Bronx."" By the middle of the 20th century that term had become weighted with negative connotations. It...

  • (Bronx)

    ‘Gentrification’ is not a term often associated with the South Bronx but with a number of new initiatives, neighborhoods like Port Morris are slowly evolving their industrial past into a neighborhood with a human edge. Located near the Major Deegan and Bruckner Expressways, bordering East 149th street, the Bronx Kill, and Harlem River, Port Morris has grown from a mechanically desolate area into a more established commercial and residential space, today working to attract a wealthier clientele. With industrial companies moving to make room for food and mail delivery companies like Fresh...

  • (Bronx)

    University Heights title reflects a dual nature: the home of City University of New York (CUNY) via Bronx Community College located near the top of Manhattan and the lower Bronx. Currently, the area is cut off from the Bronx and the larger city by Metro North lines and the Major Deegan Expressway, made up of largely industrial properties and low-income housing. However, there is a rising hope for University Heights. This past fall, the Urban Land Institute outlined development possibilities for the area. With a Metro North stop, easy access to the 4 and 1 trains subway lines, and close proxi...

  • (Bronx)

    Melrose is primarily a residential neighborhood geographically located in the southwestern section of the borough of The Bronx in New York City. Predominantly German-American in the 19th century it is home to the Haffen Building and was home to Haffen Brewing Company. The German population waned especially post WWII. The neighborhood until the 60s was mostly Irish and Italian. It is now primarily Latino. It adjoins the business and one-time theater area known as the Hub. Melrose is bordered by East 161st Street on the north, Brook Avenue on the east, 149th Street on the south and Park Avenue o...