Image from Brooklyn Navy Yard
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Image from Brooklyn Navy Yard
Image courtesy of David Berkowitz. Used by permission under CC BY 2.0. License Info Photo has been cropped.

Living In: Brooklyn Navy Yard

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If you can snag one of the few apartments in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Brooklyn, you will be moving to one of the city's most industrial, but unique places. As the name suggests, Navy Yard apartments are all located within one block of Brooklyn's historic shipyard, and are encompassed on two sides by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. This community's industrial atmosphere is well established, and several blocks house commercial garages and warehouses between the solitary tenement buildings and small townhouses. The general layout of this narrow district is a series of twelve sidestreets, all intersecting Flushing Avenue at the north, the shipyard's southern border. Some blocks seem more alive than others--many displaying beautiful red townhouses, complete with elegant stoops and ornamental fixtures. Other streets, however, might seem wholly industrial in nature. But don't let all the warehouses trick you--many of these large buildings have been converted from their commercial uses into beautiful lofts with oversized windows. Since its inception at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the Brooklyn Navy Yard has held a great deal of historical significance. But few areas in the city are as fascinating as the structures that make up Admiral's Row, located in the shipyard's southwest corner. This historic set of buildings date back to the Civil War Era, and have been uninhabited for the past four decades. But their vacancy and lack of maintenance has transformed these beautiful, old houses into overgrown ruins. The fight to preserve these structures continues today. At first glance, the Navy Yard might seem too isolated and sparse, but residents of this community have access to a few restaurants scattered about (although the thin shape of this neighborhood might make for a long walk). Nonetheless, Flushing Avenue is served by two local bus lines, which provide residents of Navy Yard apartments with quick access to Downtown Brooklyn and the bustling blocks of Smith and Court Streets in Cobble Hill. The local B69 bus, in particular, is just a few short minutes from the A & C subway lines at Downtown Brooklyn's High Street Station. And for those who like to ride their bicycle to work, every block is a direct trip to the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, making for a quick route into Lower Manhattan. But keep in mind, it isn't easy finding NY apartments in this neighborhood--not because of high demand, but rather, the area's small size, and the high percentage of buildings designated for commercial use.

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