Moved to Brooklyn, eh? And now you’re facing the process of settling into Brooklyn? Charming place, isn’t it? I sure as heck loved it! And I still love it! We will skip the whole – ‘you’ve always wanted to live in New York City, and this is how you can do it…’ This will be a guide that basically helps people who already went through the process of moving to Brooklyn.
Congratulations, you’ve made it. You went through the dreadful process of finding the right moving company in Brooklyn, you packed, moved. Found an apartment in Brooklyn, and you also managed to unpack, either alone or using some of our packing/unpacking tips. Either way, that is all done and over with. Now that you’ve moved to Brooklyn, you need a few pointers as to what you can do there.
Settling into Brooklyn – How To?
First of all, you need to understand that Brooklyn is, basically, for everyone. Even though it once had a very tough reputation of being quite unsafe, today that is as far away from the truth as possible. Brooklyn is home to more than 2.5 million people. Amongst these, the population consists of families, students, and various young professionals. All of these call Brooklyn their home, and with quite a bit of pride, too.
If you moved to Brooklyn with your family, you will be one of many who did the same. This is why Brooklyn is, to a large extent, modified to fit the vast amount of families living there. There is quite a bit of walkable sidewalks, gorgeous parks and a lot of locations that are family-friendly, offering numerous fun activities for the whole family. For instance, Brooklyn’s Children’s Museum is one of them, adding to it the Prospect Park. These locations are always crowded with eager families and kids running about.
Neighborhoods that are most fitted toward family life include Park Slope and Bay Ridge. This two ave overpopulated with private schools, crowned with a very close community feeling.
Cost of Life in Brooklyn
Settling into Brooklyn has plenty to do with money and the cost of living. We can all agree on one thing – life in New York City comes nowhere near being cheap. And this is fine, this is something that couldn’t have been a surprise for you. If it was, you’re in for a fun ride. This ‘rule’ basically goes for all the boroughs, including Brooklyn.
However, if we were to compare Brooklyn to Manhattan, Brooklyn will turn out to be quite a bit cheaper. And this covers all aspect of life, from entertainment to rent and everyday costs. Everything is cheaper in Brooklyn. So this will be somewhat of good news.
Setting into Brooklyn will also include getting used to the transportation this borough has to offer. There is some good news though. At least for some. More than half of the families living in Brooklyn do not own a vehicle. Why? Simply because they don’t need to. Parking in Brooklyn is quite a dreadful thing, and furthermore very expensive. You will want to avoid it.
But this is good news because the public transportation in Brooklyn is amazing. You will be able to get almost anywhere using the public transportation, making car owing obsolete. Almost all Brooklyn inhabitants travel to Manhattan via the subway. There are about 180 stations in Brooklyn where you can catch some type of a ride.
If you’re looking at settling into Brooklyn in terms of finding things to do, there are countless events taking place that might be to your liking. It would be difficult to mention every event that Brooklyn hosts, but we will mention a few that are quite noticeable and big.
First, you have the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade, taking place somewhere in the second half of June. This event is basically a costume and float parade, celebrating the beginning of the summer season. It is quite stunning to watch, and with some luck, you might be able to participate in it as well.
Aside from this, each July 4th is home to the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Being foody that I am, it is needless to say that this is one of my favorite days of the year. I never won, but I never ended up in the last place, either! This gastronomic event has started taking quite a bit of public attention lately.
There is also the annual Labor Day Carnival, taking place in Crown Heights. For those that are quite into film, there is the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival taking place also at the beginning of June.
Overall, for those who are settling into Brooklyn – there will be plenty of chances to become one of the locals thanks to these events.
A Lot of Space
The best part about Brooklyn is that it offers a lot of open space. This has become a luxury in any city, especially one such as New York City. I mean yeah, there is the Central Park, but that simply doesn’t fully cut it.
Brooklyn offers countless parks of various sizes where you can step in and have a sniff of fresh air. There are countless places where you can also go jogging or biking, such as the Prospect Park. Brooklyn is also home to a Botanical Garden with some astonishing feats such as the one-acre rose garden. And to crown it all, the amusement park in Coney Island offers an amazing way to spend an afternoon.