Downtown Brooklyn

A regal neighborhood serving as the central hub of Brooklyn’s civic functions.

Downtown Brooklyn serves as the borough’s civic and commercial center. Important looking people enter and exit this neighborhood's marble office buildings during business hours. Plenty of adorable shops and knick-knack stalls line Downtown Brooklyn’s main avenues, but the neighborhood noticeably settles down after the clock strikes five. Public transit options abound in Downtown Brooklyn, so getting anywhere else from here is a breeze.

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On the Map

Downtown Brooklyn is within Brooklyn and bordered by Park Slope, Fort Greene, DUMBO, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Vinegar Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Boerum Hill

LaGuardia Airport: 15 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 25 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 14 minutes by subway

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Brooklyn's All-Business Hub

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Like most downtown areas, Downtown Brooklyn thrives during the day and quiets down at night.

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Whether they provide a relief for your feet or whisk you into the grand foyers of Downtown Brooklyn's civic operations buildings, marble staircases serve two purposes in this noble looking neighborhood.

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The Softer Side of Downtown Brooklyn

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Beyond Downtown Brooklyn's vaulted ceilings and fluted columns, a small-town suburban feel permeates its tree-lined streets and inviting restaurants.

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Mixing Business With Pleasure

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Downtown Brooklyn supports more than civic business. The Fulton Street Mall is a popular destination for shopping, people-watching, and checking boxes off your To-Do List.

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Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Cameron Blaylock

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Cameron Blaylock is a photographer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2010 Cameron received a European Diploma in Fine Arts from Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany. Having been a full-time Brooklyn resident for just over one year, the Airbnb Neighborhoods Project helped Cameron further understand and appreciate the massive, multi-layered, singular organism that is New York City.