"Fairly typical suburb"
Located along the industrial piers just north of Red Hook, the Columbia Street Waterfront District is a narrow strip of multi-family homes and community gardens. The population here is predominantly white and Hispanic. A far more diverse collection of hipsters, artists,and families have moved in during the past decade. This neighborhood is known to be slightly more upscale than Red Hook, but it's not really my style (that's just me though). Although this is a waterfront area, it has a very industrial feel and the views are mostly of the cranes. Still, an increasing number of people seem to find its semi-industrial vibe appealing. There are stores and restaurants here, but nothing that would really draw attention from tourists or outsiders. There are a few trendy businesses and there are a few bars in town too. One thing that it has in its favor is the diversity and convenience of the public transportation options. There are about ten subway lines that run from the Columbia Street Waterfront District to Manhattan. There are also buses that residents can take to downtown Brooklyn or Park Slope. The community gardens here are also a big draw; they are lovely and open to the public. This is also a very safe neighborhood.