More and more professionals are heading out to Brooklyn – once the stomping ground of hipsters. It’s not cheap by any means, particularly the brownstone fields of Williamsburg, Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights. The average price of properties in Brooklyn from June to August 2010 was $593,869 (£384,467) – hardly a snip, but certainly cheaper than much of Manhattan, particularly the ritzy upper portion and the hipster Lower East Side. Williamsburg is like Hoxton or Shoreditch but with better food – many of the flats have roof terraces with brilliant skyline views of Manhattan. Park Slope saw massive gentrification in the 1990s, and is now one of Brooklyn’s most expensive areas with its restored Queen Anne, Renaissance Revival, and Romanesque mansions. Buggies abound.
Brooklyn Heights is also home to some impressive Victorian-style brick – famous residents include the late Truman Capote, Norman Mailer and Arthur Miller; actors Jennifer Connelly and Gabriel Byrne are current A-list residents. Queens – New York’s easternmost borough and its largest in space – is the next place undergoing Brooklyn-style gentrification. Prices are on average lower than in Brooklyn but not by a huge amount. Queens locals are not entirely happy about the area’s gentrification, with one website called “Queens Crap – a website focused on the overdevelopment and ‘tweeding’ of the borough of Queens”.