By: Sean Zharfati
If you’re thinking about moving to Brooklyn from Manhattan, you are not alone. The once center of Bohemian New York culture, the idealized glamour of Manhattan seems to be faltering. There was a time where New York initiates longed to live amidst the sleek skyscrapers and chic nightlife that the now dubbed ‘elite’ island can offer. These days it appears that New Yorkers have discovered a new love of the cultural melting pot and are fast moving to Brooklyn. Home to immigrants from around the world, each neighborhood boasts a distinct atmosphere and offers new families space, diversity and a taste of the New York bohemianism that can no longer be found in Manhattan.
Movie houses and coffee shops have sprung from the pavements of Brooklyn, drawing in artists, musicians, writers and hipsters. Considered quieter, more down to earth and more eclectic than yuppie, upper class Manhattan, Brooklyn is now an aspiration for those moving to the big apple, or New Yorkers who are looking for a fresh environment. And Brooklyn is fresh. Great new restaurants, movie houses and art installations give Brooklyn the creative vibrancy that made Manhattan what it was in its heyday. Sure, many will gripe about Brooklyn being the suburbs for people who don’t want to live in the suburbs. It seems isolated from the economic and metropolitan hub of the city, but if you’re looking for a backyard, a spacious home or a more eclectic, bohemian life-style, you’re more likely to find it in Brooklyn.
Manhattan still has that classic je-ne-se-qua. It’s still the go-to for glamorous shoppers, upper-class families and the ambitious and career driven. Museums, great cultural landmarks, state of the art architecture and five star restaurants cater to more refined and sophisticated tastes. Not only that, but because of the recent flocking towards Brooklyn, more people are being forced to retreat back to Manhattan as it appears to be, ironically, the more affordable of the two for the moment
Nevertheless, those looking for something closer to home, something more human and textured, will find themselves moving to Brooklyn, where the beat of reinvention, creativity and innovation now resides. With incredible diversity amongst its neighborhoods, spacious properties and the rising underground art and music scene, Brooklyn now holds its own against Manhattan. Some will find their Mecca in the cultural eclecticism and thriving art and music scene of Brooklyn; others will find satisfaction in the glamorous charm and high-life of Manhattan. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of personal taste. Both boroughs offer a rich lifestyle and a chance to experience the ultimate New York adventure and if you decide to make the move, NY’s moving company will be there to help you every step of the way.