Runs from the BQE on the north to Atlantic Avenue on the south and Flatbush Avenue on the East
to Cadman Plaza on the West.
Downtown Brooklyn is a crossroads full of retail, art and residences all at once. The area was sparsely populated until
1814, when ferry service from Manhattan created massive growth, developing the neighborhood into a commercial
center. Later, in 2004, a residential boom took off when the neighborhood was rezoned, allowing for the construction
of new condos, townhouses, and apartment buildings. Many of these Downtown Brooklyn apartments have sweeping
views of the borough as well as the Manhattan skyline. MetroTech Center, a 1980s multi-building office complex, is
home to the headquarters of the New York City Fire Department in addition to financial firms like J.P. Morgan Chase.
A two-acre landscaped commons in the middle of MetroTech hosts lunchtime concerts and art fairs.
Downtown Brooklyn certainly has no shortage of cultural organizations, including The Brooklyn Academy of Music,
MoCADA, and BRIC Arts\Media, to name a few. Moreover, Downtown Brooklyn is home to several educational
institutions including Brooklyn Law School, New York City College of Technology, and the Polytechnic Institute of
New York University. Shoppers enjoy the Fulton Street mall, which consists of clothing stores, shoe stores, banks and
home furnishings stores as well as jewelers, opticians, and a Macy’s. Finally, no tour of Downtown Brooklyn would be
complete without a slice of Junior’s Famous Cheesecake, a neighborhood institution since the 1950s. Transportation
access to the area is outstanding, with many Brooklyn subway lines meeting at the Atlantic Street stop, which also
provides access to the Atlantic Terminal of the Long Island Rail Road.