Brooklyn has famously – perhaps notoriously – become one of the USA’s premier hipster hubs, and the process of revitalization and gentrification has been going on since at least the late 1980s. By now, neighborhoods like Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope have indeed become practically genteel, while still sporting interesting dining, nightlife, and shopping scenes (and even, in the case of the Slope, a bit of a gay scene).
For something a little edgier, check out a handful of nearby neighborhoods, most famously Williamsburg (though rents are now heading toward Manhattan levels, and J. Crew and Starbucks have moved in), but also East Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Gowanus, and DUMBO, home to all manner of galleries, antiques shops, bars, clubs, restaurants, coffee shops, live-performance venues, farmers’ markets, and more. Some say the movement’s peaked, but roaming around out here, there still seems to be plenty of juice in that apple.
Read more in my post 6 Top Cool Experiences in Brooklyn, New York City.