The third largest central business district in NYC following (Midtown & Lower Manhattan), Downtown Brooklyn has numerous office buildings including the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower (which is now a residential condo building) and 4 Metro Tech Center, which gives the area its own skyline district from Manhattan’s. The area’s amenities include the Borough Hall greenmarket, featuring fresh produce from local farmers and Cadman Plaza Park, which provides 10 acres of green space, and among other parks form a long mall from Boro Hall to Brooklyn Bridge. Since 2003, the area has attracted significant new reseidential development, and a New York Times article in April 2007 stated that new 7,000 units were in planning or construction in the area. The NYC Department of City Planning has approved a significant rezoning for portions of the area, including the Fulton Mall area. The rezoning consists of “zoning map and zoning text changes, new public open spaces, pedestrian and transit improvements, urban renewal, [and] street mappings”.
In The News: Changes Are Afoot In Downtown Brooklyn. The Boundaries: Runs from the BQE to the north, to Atlantic Avenue to the south, Flatbush Avenue to the east and Cadman Plaza to the west. The Commute: The 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, F, G, B, D, M, N, Q and R subway lines serve the area, many one stop from Manhattan. The Long Island Rail Road stops at the Atlantic Terminal, located at the intersection of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues. Click on the “Directions” link in the menu on the left for exact walking/subway directions and commuting time.