Friday, April 13, 2012

The Most and Least Walkable Neighborhoods in Brooklyn

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Brooklyn + walking. Sorry, it was the best I could do on short notice.
  • Brooklyn + walking. Sorry, it was the best I could do on short notice.
Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights are the most walkable neighborhoods in Brooklyn, according to Walk Score, which "measures" walkability. The website bases its "walk scores" on the amount and accessibility of amenities: "the more amenities (restaurants, movie theaters, schools) you have around you, and the closer they are, the higher your grade," Slate explains. New York City is the most walkable out of the 50 recently surveyed: its average walk score is 85.3 (out of 100), which surely would have been higher if not for unwalkable Staten Island.

In Brooklyn, Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights both had scores of 98. Boerum Hill and Downtown Brooklyn both scored 97; DUMBO, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, and Park Slope tied with 96.

The least walkable neighborhood in New York (not counting Riker's Island) is Breezy Point, likely for its remoteness, although it is mostly comprised of paths not wide enough to drive a car down. (Doesn't safety count?) In Brooklyn, the least walkable neighborhoods are all in the south: Bergen Beach is the lowest, with a score of 58. After that, Mill Basin with 62, Gerritsen Beach with 71, Canarsie with 74, and Manhattan Beach and West Brighton at 77. (Except we don't consider "West Brighton" a real place.)

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