FT Visits Sunset Park


Is the Financial Times feeling pressure to keep up with all of the Wall Street Journal’s coverage of Brooklyn these days? Whatever the case may be, the publication took a look at Sunset Park as a place to live, and liked what it saw. Pros: Multicultural, relatively affordable and has a recently upgraded park that serves as a gathering place for the whole neighborhood. Cons: Far from Manhattan, little in the way of upscale dining or retail, can be noisy. The article notes that crime, while far lower than in years past, is on the rise. Apartments range from about $200,000 for a one-bedroom to $400,000 for a three-bedroom. Townhouses average about $800,000. In addition, studio space is drawing artists and entrepreneurs to the area, and the music-themed Hotel BPM recently opened. What do you think of Sunset Park? Any intel on the schools?
Sunset Park Also Rises [FT]
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4 Comment

  • I work in Sunset Park, below 3rd Ave, for the last 12 years. 4th is fine for lunch, there are many places to go. 5th has all the shopping, but I do not shop there, as the hill in the 40′s from below 3rd, is killer, talk about steep…..I have the same shopping in my neighborhood anyway, so basically the same type of stores. It is very industrial below 3rd, all the workers are here, and this too is safe.

    The best deli on earth is on 4th Ave and 44th Street, they have lines out the door, as the Police and Firemen all go there as well as the workers in the neighborhood.

    I walk through the neighborhood at lunch with other workers, or even by myself, I feel completely safe. No one has ever had a problem here.Sunset Park, the actual Park has great views, and is pretty nice, we have sat on the benches many a lunch day’s.

    But Sunset Park is predominantly a Hispanic area, and if that isn’t for ‘you”, then this is not the neighborhood to be in.

    I like working here, it is very low key and to me it is so convenient for my needs.

  • Have visited Sunset Park several times in the past year. The sense I get is that there are a lot of “micro neighborhoods” here – there are dramatic differences one block in any direction – ethnicity, housing stock, overall “feel”.
    So, I guess it depends exactly where in Sunset Park someone wants to live. But, if Brooklyn’s gentrification continues, Sunset Park will follow suit. No one will ever complain about the cuisine,, however.

  • Have visited Sunset Park several times in the past year. The sense I get is that there are a lot of “micro neighborhoods” here – there are dramatic differences one block in any direction – ethnicity, housing stock, overall “feel”.
    So, I guess it depends exactly where in Sunset Park someone wants to live. But, if Brooklyn’s gentrification continues, Sunset Park will follow suit. No one will ever complain about the cuisine,, however.

  • I bought a 2 bedroom coop in Sunset Park over looking the park a little more than a year ago and could not have made a better decision. The deals here are still amazing and I’m constantly shocked and amused that my place would easily go for 3 times as much as I paid if it were plunked down in Park Slope. Sure, we don’t have upscale dining or hip coffeeshops but I enjoy very much what the area has to offer, diversity of food, people, and lifestyles. I know that this place is bound to be gentrified and the saddens part of me and excites another part. I would love for there to be a bar with a selection of bourbons, a bouge-dega (a bougie bodega), or a place to grab brunch but I wouldn’t take those in place of the amazing sunsets from the park. Seriously, it’s like having a firework show every night.