While it may not be Brooklyn Heights-specific, a list compiled by Business Insider names our borough as the No. 1-ranked out of 15 “Hottest Cities of the Future.” The list was compiled by examining job and population growth, demographics, affordability, livability and the health & well being of residents. Also considered: how the city is innovating in terms of tech, sustainability, culture and its “cool factor.”
Business Insider explains (try not to blush now): “Brooklyn, N.Y., will become a cool capital of culture. For years, Brooklyn took a backseat to its towering neighbor Manhattan—but no longer. Today, Brooklyn is one of the fastest-growing cities with a population of about 2.5 million, making it the most populous borough in New York and independently one of the largest cities in the U.S.”
The borough attracts “young chefs, artists, entrepreneurs, families and more, who have opened farm-to-table restaurants, art galleries & boutiques and hipster markets like the Brooklyn Flea and [Downtown Brooklyn’s] Dekalb Market. With amazing cultural venues like the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Brooklyn Museum and the addition of the Barclays Center, the area is bound to continue to develop and gentrify.”
And might I add, let’s not forget Brooklyn Heights’ Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Promenade as two of the borough’s most popular attractions—not to mention our neighborhood as a sought-after locale for movies & television shoots and an increasingly popular destination for celebrities seeking solace from the city.
The rest of Business Insider’s list goes like this: Seattle; Austin; Portland, Oregon; Boulder; Raleigh; Detroit; Philadelphia; Nashville; Bentonville, Arkansas (the base of Walmart); Burlington, Vermont; tech-heavy Mountain View, California; Pittsburgh; Salt Lake City; and good ole Williston, North Dakota.
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