6.4 out of 10

Kent Ave, Bedford Stuyvesant

Ranked 5th best street in Bedford Stuyvesant
40.6950196073694 -73.9594794707526
Great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Cost of Living
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Safe & Sound
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian

Reviews

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

"Great view"

Kent is an interesting street in Williamsburg. It's not really populated with bars or restaurants but there are a ton of cool apartment buildings if you're ok with a hunt. Kent is about 3 blocks from the main strip that people know in Willy: Bedford. Depending on how far north or south you are Kent can be quite close to the hullaballoo but far enough so that you aren't in the midst of the noise and trash. I stayed on Kent for a summer and the apartment was incredible for the price: that's the great thing about living so far from the stretch. Kent is right on the East River so if you have a west facing apartment, you have an incredible view of Manhattan and the water.
The street, proper, is pretty desolate. But, if you live above North 1st Street, then you are only about a block away from all of the restaurants and bars around Wythe, two blocks from Berry and 3 from the main Bedford strip. So, you're not for lack of things to do nearby.
If you live on Kent close to Broadway, then you are really close to some of the best restaurants in Williamsburg. Diner and Marlow and Sons are both right at Kent and Broadway. And, there's a fantastic little cafe and wine shop right across the street from the restaurants. The only problem is that there's not much else.
One thing to note on Kent is that it can be a little sketchy at night. There are a bunch of high end condos that went up that are now vacant / abandoned. And, because there aren't any businesses on Kent, it's pretty quiet when you're walking home after dark. But, the new waterfront park almost makes up for the danger.
Pros
  • Great views
  • Rent
Cons
  • Far from transportation
  • Far from restaurants
  • Sketchy at night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
3/5
2yrs+

"Great for a bike ride"

Kent Ave runs along the river and the views breathtaking. You can see the midtown and downtown of Manhattan from this street. It is surrounded by factory buildings, old warehouses and some houses. It is not good for little kids. It is good for taking photos as there most buildings are old and Manhattan's skyscrapers are pretty well visible. Not very safe at night but during the day it makes a great place for a bike ride. Visit the new park on Kent Ave and North 6th and have a picnic while relaxing and looking at the New York City skyline.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
4/5
2yrs+

"A great street near the East River"

Kent Av runs along the East River, in Williamsburg. It offers a great insight into the industrial past of this area, with old factories, among which The Domino building is definitely worth a visit. There is also a beautiful park right at the waterfront (on Kent and N10th) with a beautiful view of Manhattan: Instead of the ‘usual’ Downtown, you can have a look at the Williamsburg Bridge, the Lower East Side, the UN building and other midtown skyscrapers. Kent Av is a perfect street to live if you plan to live in Williamsburg. However, the apartment prices (old houses and luxury condos) will soon reach Manhattan prices.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"In A Great Location"

The thing to remember about streets in Brooklyn is that they're long, so each piece has its own flair. This street is in the heart of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, which is one of the more popular and sought out living locations in the city right now. If you're thinking of moving here, Kent Street might be worth considering because it has good transportation via the metro and buses and is a good place for families. Consider Kent if you want to move to this section of the city.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5
2yrs+

"A quiet alternative to Williamsburg"

Kent Avenue has everything most people are looking for when they consider moving to Williamsburg- a nice location (on the water, even!), trendy stores, great restaurants, expensive property... but it's definitely a bit quieter, so if you're someone trying to balance your desire to live in a great, vital neighborhood with the necessity of getting up and going to the dayjob, this is probably a good choice for you.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
5/5
2yrs+

"Cool street near water"

The cool thing about kent ave is that a good portion of it runs right along the water. If you are looking for a place to live there, you can find some good, interesting views, but you pay for them. In the winter a good breeze can be pretty brutal off the water. For the most part it is with in about three quarters of a mile of the Marcy ave. station or the Bedford ave. station.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Under the williamsburg bridge."

Under the williamsburg bridge runs Kent avenue. It is a nice quiet haven...lots of underground music venues and hip eateries. It is a bit of a ways away from the more rambuctious parts of williamsburg, but it is still a very expensive place to live. Very near the beautiful old sugar factory that is in danger of being torn down.
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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