4.0 out of 10

Broadway, Williamsburg

Ranked 49th best street in Williamsburg
40.7065239391902 -73.9524087989192
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Childcare
  • Internet Access
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Medical Facilities
  • Parking
  • Clean & Green
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Lack of Traffic
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students

Reviews

3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
2yrs+

"Great Restaurants"

Broadway changes a lot as it traverses Brooklyn but it starts off (at the river) with quite a culinary bang. A large majority of all of the Willyburg restaurants that are talked about are on this street. Diner and Marlow and Sons are owned by the same people and it's a pretty even split in regards to which one people think is better. I, personally, prefer Diner. My sister prefers Marlow. What ya gonna do. They are about two blocks away from each other on Broadway and they both use local, sustainable farm products. The menu at Diner changes daily and I think that restaurant is pretty tops.
Dressler is just up the street and it is pretty fantastic too although not quite as good as Diner. Way up Broadway, there is a restaurant called Moto that is probably one of Willyburg's best kept secrets. Most people outside of Brooklyn don't know about this place and even a lot of people in Brooklyn have never been. It's in a weird spot -- it's kind of in the ghetto. But, the restaurant is dark and beautiful and has great food and music. It's one of my favorite spots in the city.
There's a really cute wine shop and a really cute cafe / wine shop on Broadway at Kent. But, there aren't a lot of stores in the area just yet. I think because of all of these great restaurants, there will soon be a lot more commerce around the Broadway area. But, right now, it's pretty slim pickings. And, the further east you go, the more scary it gets. Broadway around the third stop is an area I tend to avoid. And, because it's not exactly close to transportation, Broadway is still not a particularly desirable place to live -- although it's pretty cheap still. Basically, you go to Broadway to eat, and that's about it. . . . for now.
Pros
  • Great Restaurants
  • cheap rent
Cons
  • still not gentrified for the most part
  • unsafe
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
2yrs+

"Dirty, crowded, populated with McDonalds and Footlockers"

The Broadway that lines the border of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bed-Stuy is not comparable to the Broadway that most people are familiar with in Manhattan. Though I admit there are some cool spots on the street - Big Apple Coffee & Donut Shop springs to mind - there are a lot of shops that sell sneakers or cheap clothing (Rainbow is one) and there is a lot of fast food, especially where Broadway meets Flushing.

The JMZ line runs right about the street, making Broadway a less-than-desirable place to live. Although I live nearby and everyone that I know who lives on this street say that they don't even notice the train anymore. Go figure.
Pros
  • it'll take you to the Williamsburg Bridge
Cons
  • unsafe
  • it's under the elevated JMZ train
3/5
2yrs+

"An Ok Place to Live"

Broadway in Brooklyn is not exactly the same Broadway that you find in Manhattan. Here, most of the street is lined with residences and shops, as well as a few restaurants and a couple of scattered banks. The street lines the major train lines that run through Brooklyn so living her or on any street that branches off from it is more or less convenient. If you are looking for a quiet place to live, this is definitely it, but the street does not offer much in terms of entertainment or nightlife. The closest hot spots are at least a few minutes walking distance away, which on nice days is not so bad. The rent here is inexpensive, and the apartments tend to be bigger than in Manhattan.
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Standard Brooklyn Street, Kind of Boring"

Broadway in Brooklyn isn’t much like its Manhattan counterparts (you never really think about there being more than one Broadway, but it just happens that there are many). This street extends from Williamsburg all the way to Flushing, so it is not easily described. Notable on the street, though, is The Diner at 85 Broadway – it’s a restaurant that is actually a restored 1927 dining car.
3/5
2yrs+

"Worth a visit"

There is a Broadway in Brooklyn, too. If you are driving from Manhattan, take the first exit after the Williamsburg Bridge or, if you are taking the subway, get off at the Marcy Ave stop on the JMZ trains: Broadway starts right there.
The area around Marcy Avenue is fascinating: Broadway is the border between the Hispanic and trendy Williamsburg and the Orthodox Jews Williamsburg. If you walk west towards the East river, some nice restaurants are waiting for you. Marlou and Son and the adjacent diner are great places for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In summer, you can sit outside and enjoy the calm of this part of the street.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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