6.6 out of 10

Montrose Ave, Williamsburg

Ranked 11th best street in Williamsburg
40.7070456129902 -73.9461590447977
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Peace & Quiet
Not great for
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Parking
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Clean & Green
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Families with kids


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • 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 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5

"Up and coming? I dunno . . ."

Montrose has provoked a lot of debate between my friends and I. I guess, yeah, it is technically Williamsburg, but it abuts Bushwick awfully closely. Montrose was pretty scary until only a couple of years ago; but now, it's starting to hipster up a bit. It's still, in my opinion, not the most desirable place to live despite the influx of the younger, arty crowd in recent years. There are a lot of hispanic and African American people on or around Montrose and I don't think they particularly appreciate the loud, punky kids moving into their neighborhood. I definitely would not want to be walking home at 3 am if I lived on Montrose and there are a lot of streets in Williamsburg that you would be totally fine doing that.
There's a really good Vietnamese sandwich place on Montrose and the street is fairly close to Moto which is one of my favorite restaurants in Williamsburg. There's also a Khim's market (which is pretty much the best deli of all time) on Montrose so you know that the street is starting to turnaround. It's just not there yet. There's no shopping, no food, no bars, and a lot of trash. It's close to the JMZ which is a way better train than the L. And, the rent is much cheaper than any other part of Williamsburg which is appealing; but, I just maybe wouldn't live there if I lived alone. Or, if I didn't have a bike.
  • cheap rent
  • still pretty gritty
  • no restaurant or bar scene
  • a little too close to a poor area
Recommended for
  • Hipsters
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5

"Friendly place to reside for the under-twenty set"

Montrose has seen much improvement and rising rents in recent years; nowadays the street is stocked with bakeries, thrift stores and located near trendy cafes (Boulevard on Bushwick Ave) and fancy grocers (Khim's Millenium Market). If you'd live here five years ago you'd make people gasp in horror when you told them where you live. Now when you describe your residence you live on a street that most people recognize as trendy Williamsburg. This street is a gem when taken into consideration with much of the surrounding streets, and if you can find an affordable rent on this street along the L train, then don't hesitate to move in.

The area where Montrose meets Broadway isn't the nicest area, but as one travels farther north the neighborhood blooms with hipsterdom and things to buy/places to eat.
  • cute cafes, vintage shops
  • it's getting expensive
  • a little too close to a poor area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Students

"A little Dark, but Okay to Live Here"

Montrose ave is located in Brooklyn near the Williamsburg Bridge. Its proximity to both Queens and Manhattan makes it an appealing midpoint to live in it. Compared to the rest of the area, it is actually quite hospitable. There are a few restaurants in the area, as well as a Bank of America a few blocks away. It is, however, slightly inconvenient in terms of transportation as it is only close to the L subway line, which in turn connects to others on either direction. If you have a car, it is not so bad because it is close to both the bridge and the BQE, which are generally fast. This is definitely a young hipster area and not one to settle down in long term.

"On Montrose Avenue"

Montrose Avenue, besides being a beautiful and energetic street in a great neighborhood, is well connected with the J and M trains available on nearby Hewes Street and the convenient G train on Broadway. This neighborhood was filled with things to do and I think that anyone could be happy here. I think that this is a fantastic place to live!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids

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