Brooklyn's Busiest Half

Most of Brooklyn’s home sales are happening in South Brooklyn, a slice of the city much less traveled by Manhattanites than the increasingly mirror-image neighborhoods further north.

In the first half of 2008, over 53 percent of Brooklyn home sales closed in South Brooklyn, according to a report (PDF) from appraisal firm Miller Samuel and brokerage Douglas Elliman.

Maybe it’s got something to do with the fact that South Brooklyn, unlike its condo-laden neighbors elsewhere, remains awash in houses. “One- to three-family houses account for half the sales in the entire borough,” Jonathan Miller, the report’s author, pointed out yesterday.

Brooklyn's Busiest Half