Time to Move? Massive L Train Shutdown Looming...
Attention Brooklynites: if you live off the L train, now would be a good time to consider moving. The MTA is doing construction on the L that will leave you stranded on either side of the water; you’ve been warned. Weeknights from March 24th to May 22nd, the L train will not run between 8th Avenue and Bedford Avenue. From midnight to 5am, you’ll have to pick a side between Manhattan and Brooklyn. In addition, from April 11th to May 18th, the L will be shut down weekends from midnight to 5am. For those who venture out or work during those hours, shuttle bus service will be provided from the Lorimer stop to the J/M/Z Marcy stop.

Maybe it’s time for you to look at some other Brooklyn options with more comprehensive train service. DUMBO or “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” is emerging as one of Brooklyn’s premier arts districts and has the highest concentration of technology firms by neighborhood. Full of gorgeous loft apartments with amazing city views, delightful boutiques and delectable restaurants, this quaint neighborhood is just one quick stop from Manhattan off the A, C or F trains and you always have the option of the Fulton Street Ferry.

Downtown Brooklyn has undergone a huge renaissance over the past few years, with several boutique condo buildings, trendy shops and hot restaurants like Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn's only three Michelin-starred restaurant, popping up at a frantic pace. So far $9 billion of private investment and $300 million in public improvements are underway!! Now home to the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays center, this area has a lot to offer and is conveniently located off of the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q and R trains!!

If a calmer residential area is more your scene, then Brooklyn Heights could be the spot for you. Formerly known as Brooklyn Village, Brooklyn Heights stretches from Old Fulton Street by the Brooklyn Bridge to Atlantic Avenue. Rows of Italianate brownstones, brick Greek Revival structures and a few Gothic Revival houses give the neighborhood a distinctive feel – it’s hard to believe you are just one stop from downtown Manhattan on the 2 or 3 train. Surrounding neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill and Cobble Hill offer beautiful residences and calm parks. These areas are known for their independent boutiques, petite cafes and rows of brownstones. Many young families live in the area and biking is the norm with Prospect Park nearby.

To the north of Prospect Park is the currently white hot neighborhood Fort Greene, known for its tree-lined streets and elegant architecture. It's also the new home of the beloved Brooklyn Flea and numerous hip eateries and shops. Based on recent demand, Fort Greene is poised to have tremendous growth over the next few years. Many notable artists, writers, and celebrities already live in the area and it is definitely one of the more scenic sections of Brooklyn.

If the L train has been giving you stress, don’t worry, there are many amazing and easily accessible neighborhoods in Brooklyn outside of Williamsburg, ready for you to explore!
Derek Lee
(646) 712-2924
Derek Lee is the co-founding partner of LG Fairmont Group, a residential brokerage firm focused on Manhattan and Brooklyn. Mr. Lee previously founded Riverbend Capital...
Derek Lee is the co-founding partner of LG Fairmont Group, a residential brokerage firm focused on Manhattan and Brooklyn. Mr. Lee previously founded Riverbend Capital Group, the management company of a quantitative global-macro hedge fund and investment advisory...
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