Here are a few things to know about Downtown Brooklyn:
A central business district located in the northwest corner of the borough of Brooklyn, downtown Brooklyn is the third largest central business district in New York City. The Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower and MetroTech Center are two examples of the neighborhood’s office and residential buildings.
Downtown Brooklyn has seen tremendous improvements since 2004, when it was rezoned. Private investment has exceeded $9 billion and public improvements have reached $300 million. Educators are flocking to the area. The NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the campus surrounding it in downtown Brooklyn will receive over $500 million in renovations and expansions in 2017.
The 84th Precinct of the New York City Police Department patrols Downtown Brooklyn, which is part of Brooklyn Community District 2.
It was in the late 1960s that the Central Business District of the borough became concerned about the deterioration of its landmark buildings due to the patterns of transition that affected much of urban America. City Planning Commission in 1969 completed a comprehensive plan for the entire city; the report stated that Downtown Brooklyn’s economy played an important role in the borough and in the entire metropolitan region.
The Plan reaffirmed Downtown Brooklyn’s central role while also identifying its problems, with the hope of stimulating new office and commercial construction in combination with public resources. The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) was founded in 1971 by the gift of a privately financed 23-story office tower near Boerum Place and Livingston Street, which made this cultural institution a symbolic anchor amid increasing decay during the following decade.