6.6 out of 10

Boerum Hill

Ranked 19th best neighborhood in Brooklyn
40.6864835016315 -73.986852878022
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Clean & Green
  • Internet Access
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
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Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5

"Trendy & pleasant"

Formerly known for drugs, prostitution, and other crimes, Boerum Hill has transformed into a trendy and family-friendly community. The town is located close to downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, and Cobble Hill. The neighbors are extremely friendly in this tightly knit community and together, they work to keep the neighborhood clean, safe, and happy. While the neighborhood is known for its brownstone, brick, and Tudor private homes, there are also some upscale town houses, condos, co-ops, and apartment complexes. The homes cover a wide range of prices, with some of the nicest homes going for millions. Homeowners work hard to maintain their properties. Most of the action in this small town takes place on Atlantic Avenue, where there is a lot of heavy traffic, but the rest of Boerum Hill is quiet and residential. The town is also dotted with cute and chic boutiques and trendy restaurants. There are lots of ethnic businesses as well. Boerum Hill is also home of the annual Atlantic Antic, a huge street fair with food, rides, and music. The schools in Boerum Hill are pretty good; the Math and Science Exploratory School has spectacular rankings. Boerum Hill also boasts an amazing array of transportation options, with ten subway lines stopping at different stations in the town.
  • Diverse transportation options
  • Great schools
  • Great food & shopping
  • Overcrowded in some areas
  • Overpriced in some areas
  • Problems with parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Trendy & Stylish

"So much history, so little time"

Boerum Hill is an upscale neighborhood between Cobble Hill and Park Slope. Historic and tree-lined streets, along with good subway connections and excellent shopping make this area a prime location for New Yorkers. Much like its adjacent neighbors, Boerum Hill is a hip and interesting place to live, offering something for everyone.

Smith Street is where you will find most of the neighborhoods restaurants, including Saul at 140 Smith Street and The Grocery (no, not a grocer, but an American-French dynasty for your taste buds) at 288 Smith Street. Atlantic Avenue also provides the locals with newer coffee shops, small restaurants, and stores catering to the Arabic old-timers and Muslim community.

There are not any real estate bargains in Boerum Hill, in fact the historic row houses sell for upwards of 1-2 million dollars. Prices decrease as you travel towards the Gowanus neighborhood. There is much more development needed and in the works near Third and Fourth Avenue. There are eleven subway lines that serve the neighborhood which is in part why Boerum Hill is a popular area.

With a lot of history comes a lot of gentrification, making Boerum Hill one of those neighborhoods that still holds on to its past while embracing the future. If you like brownstones and have some money to burn, this could be your neighborhood. Not quite a five star area, because there is still some work to be done, but close to 4 stars and rising.
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

"Revitalised and trendy, renovated brownstones,great restaurants and happening bars."

Boerum Hill in Brooklyn, New York is a modest and quaint neighborhood. Today, it is home to many middle income families and epitomizes the family-feel and community spirit that is so classically Brooklyn: eclectic, urban, and all-it’s-own.

As with the other neighborhoods of Brooklyn, historical Boerum Hill was a farming community and has through the years seen a shift in commerce, people, and trends. Over time, this neighborhood did acquire an eclectic population bringing about an interesting and dynamic shopping and entertainment scene. The neighborhood is a bit more upscale than others in Brooklyn and is comprised of many commuters as well as more established residents.

The common dwelling of people in Boerum Hill are row houses, the trademark of Brooklyn and coveted real estate for those new and old to New York City. Owning a condominium or a row house is pricey, beginning at an estimated $600,000-700,000. Renting and subletting, which is common if not standard in the city, could range from $3,000-10,000 per month. Escaping the cramped space of Manhattan sometimes has its downfalls, but Boerum Hill is a neighborhood worth escaping Manhattan for.

Sightseeing in Boerum Hill would include a trip to the small but beautiful Carroll Park. A day of walking through the park coupled with a walk on Atlantic Avenue and a nice meal at one of the myriad restaurants is a perfect way to spend a day. This hip and chill neighborhood is a great treat in the heart of Brooklyn.

The MTA F, G, D, M, N, & R trains stop in this neighborhood, keeping it accessible to other parts of Brooklyn as well as Manhattan and the other boroughs.

Dining & Entertainment:
Blue Marble Ice Cream, 420 Atlantic Ave.
Sample, 152 Smith St.- Wonderful Tapas Bar
Mai, 497 Atlantic Ave.- Southeast Asian fare
Cheryl Kleinman Cakes, 448 Atlantic Ave.- Dangerously Delicious Desserts
Three Kings LLC- 125 5th Ave- Funky Nightclub with wonderful Djs
Knitting Factory- 74 Leonard St. - Dance club with great music
The Hook Club,18 Commerce Street- Great Lounge clandestinely tucked away in Boerum Hill
And Then Some,103 Bond St.- Small Menswear Boutique
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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Best Streets in Boerum Hill


Dean St

"Peaceful but Fun"
40.6855623724788 -73.9854357329662

Smith St

"shopping, parks, and restaurants abound"
40.6867334893077 -73.9904629370311

Degraw St

"Perfect Carroll Gardens Sample"
40.6821490714097 -73.9911034214905

Butler St

"Good Commercial, Questionable Residential"
40.6821055067799 -73.9868621293621

Unranked Streets in Boerum Hill

Bond St

"Street, Bond Street"
40.6850352691331 -73.9861127114097

Elm Pl

"Very Short Street"
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"Small but Sweet"
40.6906335004385 -73.9867825022481

Hanover Pl

"On Hanover Place"
40.6889043344232 -73.9824096732271

Hoyt St

"Lots Going On"
40.6858793916886 -73.9882806325152
"Completely depends on the block"
40.6894847274894 -73.9853630432933

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