10. Brooklyn Heights
Why You Should Move Here
This one’s pretty easy: this could be one of the prettiest urban neighborhoods in the entire country—a stroll on the promenade anyone? So why is it so low on our list? Well, it’s crazy expensive, and it’s so boring it makes Park Slope look like Kreutzberg.
What the Future Holds
Well, not much, really, as the exigencies of historical preservation dictate that the Heights is pretty much a “finished” neighborhood. Of course, the nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park is trundling its way to completion, and there’s been recent speculation about Brooklyn getting its own “big dig,” as the BQE gets buried underground, but even these are but the faintest peripheral shadows on the eternal beauty of Brooklyn Heights.
Where You’ll Find Us
On the promenade reading a copy of A House in the Heights (Truman!), a mixed vegetarian platter from Tut Café by our side, gazing wistfully across the river at the cheaper rents of Manhattan…
Seriously, look at those rents. And don’t expect to have much fun (at least the kind of fun that involves anything louder than a decorous “indoor” voice). Also, the hood’s high street, Montague—and its mediocre, overpriced restaurants—feels like it could belong to any pokey little college town in America.
Average two-bedroom rental: FOUR-THOUSAND DOLLAREE-DOOS!