The 50 Best Blocks in Brooklyn

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10/27/2010 1:00 AM |

1. Best Block For Groceries
Atlantic Ave between Court and Clinton Streets, Cobble Hill
All-world market Sahadi and wonderful bakery Damascus (nearly side by side) would already count for the win, but this block also has a Trader Joe’s, a Key Food, and the Green Pea Grocery.


2. Best Block For Date Night

Water Street between Main and Old Dock Streets, DUMBO
Highbrow culture at St. Ann’s Warehouse or Galapagos Art Space; drinks before dinner or after at Water Street Restaurant; and fancy-ass dessert at Jacques Torres (closes at 9pm on weekends). Top off the night with a stroll through Brooklyn Bridge Park for that Woody Allen moment…


3. Best Block For Cheap Eats

Bedford Ave between N. 7th and N. 8th Streets, Williamsburg
Drunk people need food, too: Bahn mi, pizza, Cajun, old-school delicatessen… L to Bedford, turn right.


4. Best Block For Drinking

Bedford Ave between S. 2nd and S. 1st Streets, Williamsburg
Breakfast cocktails at Supercore or Dumont Burger, lunchtime craft beers at Lucky Dog, early bird happy hour at Thai joint Khao Sarn, booze specials at liquor store Bottle Shoppe and nightcap forties from the Espinal bodega. You really never have to leave the block, (we haven’t).


5. Best Block For Dive Bars


Metropolitan Ave between Union and Lorimer, Williamsburg

This one was tougher than you might think. Obviously, Brooklyn is filled with hundreds of wonderful dive bars, but not many of them are on the same block: except the Subway Bar and Jr. and Son—god love ’em both.


6. Best Block For Classy Bars

Does an intersection count as a block? Yes, it does. The three corners of Berry and North 9th Streets (Williamsburg) offer Hotel Delmano’s borough-topping cocktails, Cafe Colette’s ease with the pastis, and unsung bistro Miranda’s great wine list.


7. Best Block For Coffee


Berry Street between N. 5th and N. 6th Streets, Williamsburg

Yeah, Stumptown, we know… But Blue Bottle Coffee roasts its own, right there on the block. And it’s really effing good.


8. Best Block for Old Media


N. 10th Street between Berry and Wythe, Williamsburg

Inventors of Williamsburg, VICE, came all the way from the Bifteck to hang out on the Northside. Good for them.


9. Best Block For Low-Brow Entertainment


The Boardwalk between Stillwell and 10th Streets, Coney Island

Shoot the Freak, Ruby’s and Cha Cha’s, two amusement parks, and a handful of places to buy greasy fries and Budweiser. You’re welcome.


10.Best Block For Vice


North 4th Street between Bedford and Driggs Aves, Williamsburg

Ok, Williamsburg is clean and shiny now, but every now and then you can still spot a hooker at the corner of Driggs and N. 4th, where they used to work by the half dozen, waiting for truckers coming off the BQE heading down to the river to park. Oh, and there’s also a tattoo parlor, two bars and cheese shop (gluttony!).


11. Best Block For Virtue


Fourth Avenue between 80th and 81st Streets, Bay Ridge

Whether your God is a Christian God or Jewish God, he’s watching you on this block… (That’s why it’s best to have no god at all.)


12. Best Block For Stoop Life


Sterling Place, Prospect Heights

This could obviously have been a hundred other blocks, but in 2008, when cops tried to ticket Kimber VanRy for drinking a beer on his stoop, he just wasn’t having it. And so this brave defense of stoop rights earns Sterling Place the title.

31 Comment

  • *based on where are editors live.

  • Smith St is not really South Brooklyn…I would consider it North or Northwest. And there are plenty strip malls – Neptune and West 5th, Nostrand and Ave Z, and plenty more.

  • “Worst Block to Live On: Stagg Street, between Bushwick Avenue and Troutman Street, Bushwick” doesn’t exist. Do you mean Stagg between Buchwick and Waterbury?

  • Stagg street really isn’t the bad. I live a couple blocks from there.

  • On my block, I have the entrance to the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and Mt. Prospect Park, I also have three, that’s right, three curbs we can park on. A 2/3 subway station that is clean and culturally significant, an improvised skate park, and a row of beautiful gilded age apartment buildings known as the “grey old ladies” This spring, after a two year restoration project, we also have beautiful seperated bike lanes, wide sidewalks, and historically accurate lamposts. I think my block is easily as good if not better than most of these… do you know where it is?

  • Hey, do you realize that the title of this piece is “the 50 best blocks in Brooklyn” while the article is actually “the best, worst, and most unusual blocks in Brooklyn” that’s kind of poor journalism, no?

  • South Brooklyn is the old name for all of Brooklyn below Atlantic and west of 4th Ave: Boreum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, and Red Hook. Hasn’t been in vogue for 40-50 years. Smith Street is the smack in the middle of what used to always be referred to as South Brooklyn.

  • Yup, not all blocks cater to people’s taste. If you’re the artsy type, you might want to live ’round East Bushwick. If you want the suburban kinda-life with shops and all: Smith st.; Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and etc. For those who want to live in houses instead of urban apartments,try South Brooklyn. As a native Brooklyner, every block tells a story and it varies. There isn’t any specific block that caters to a lifestyle, in the end you have to actively search around.

  • Yup, not all blocks cater to people’s taste. If you’re the artsy type, you might want to live ’round East Bushwick. If you want the suburban kinda-life with shops and all: Smith st.; Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and etc. For those who want to live in houses instead of urban apartments,try South Brooklyn. As a native Brooklyner, every block tells a story and it varies. There isn’t any specific block that caters to a lifestyle, in the end you have to actively search around.

  • I am originally from 22nd street, between 4 & 5 th Avenue! There all the neighbors are friendly, we all use to have awesome block parties w an awesome fireworks display. Half the neighborhood would come just to watch the fireworks! So as for a great street to live on, I would say 22 nd street!!!

  • Keyword being “used to be”. Whenever someone says South Brooklyn to me, I think Bensonhurst, Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Gravesend, Coney Island, etc. It was an interesting article, didn’t agree with all of them, but interesting nevertheless.

  • It’s Sherman Street, not Sherman Place. Not really worth reading any further given the author’s ignorance.

  • I’m glad that my neighborhood (PLG) rated two blocks here. but FWIW, the photograph of the Flatbush–Ocean block of Lincoln Road was actually taken around the corner, on Flatbush Ave., evidence perhaps of “gentrification” spreading out. The photo DOE’S capture the spirit of Lincoln Road.

  • Jo Reynolds is absolutely right about Smith Street being in South Brooklyn. No Brooklynite worth his/her salt would confuse South and Southern Brooklyn–confusing, but a very Brooklyn thing; like South Midwood being north of Midwood 🙂

  • How about cutest name? Kermit Place. Punniest name: Tennis Court.

  • Clearly someone on the editorial staff lives in Bushwick. I feel like 80+% of the neighborhoods in Brooklyn have been ignored here? Lame.

  • here’s a full list of the neighborhoods represented in this list: Flatbush, Windsor Terrace, Bushwick, Midwood, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, DUMBO, Coney Island, Vinegar Hill, Crown Heights, Brighton Beach, Carroll Gardens, Bay Ridge, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Bensonhurst, Clinton Hill, Park Slope (north and south), Sunset Park, Bed-Stuy, Gravesend, Williamsburg, Gowanus, Fort Greene, Ditmas Park, Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights

  • L mag sucks

  • South Brooklyn is what Jo Reynolds posted. Southern Brooklyn is Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Bensonhurst, etc. Those places were not a part of Brooklyn at the time, they were in separate municipalities, hence the difference. The history is there, embrace it rather than change it.

  • Please note: et al projects is also located at the 56 Bogart building.

  • Wow… yeah Where’s Canarsie in this list? We have a pier for kite flying and fishing. We have a beautiful park for baseball and cricket and it has brand new parts to it like a skate area. Whoever decided to make this list really didn’t try to go everywhere in this borough…

  • What about Gravesand End? I couldnt get the list.

  • I used to live on India Street between Franklin and Manhattan and got booted out when the building was sold and the apartments were renovated to make condos.

  • Best names for streets: Force Tube Avenue and Old New Utrecht Avenue

  • The person who wrote this is probably some transplant from the Midwest.

  • @Blueberry based on what?

  • Geographically,South Brooklyn would be the southern most part of Brooklyn which would be The Verrazano Bridge located in Bay Ridge..Check your maps!!..

  • you asshole hipsters need to go back from where you came from. all this was here long before you got here and will be here long after you are hopefully gone. by the way tennis court is not a pun, one of the oldest tennis clubs sits right on the side of the large apartment building at the end of the street.

  • The residential highway block is 17th street between 6th and 7th avenue. Not 4th and 5th.

  • You left out .. Marine park – Gerritsen beach