You’re a New Yorker. Sure, you might send your laundry out, but you’re no delicate flower. You have survived without air conditioning –until now. Even the toughest New Yorker will want respite from the 90-plus degree weather that has been bearing down and stubbornly refusing to let up.
If central air is a must for your next apartment, you’re probably going to find more options in Brooklyn, according to StreetEasy, a web-based real estate marketplace. (If you aren’t in the market for a new place, you might want to reconnect with your old friend in Bushwick.)
After looking at active rental listings between March and mid-July, StreetEasy found that the chilliest neighborhoods are concentrated in Brooklyn. Manhattan and Queens also made the list, but Brooklyn, particularly downtown Brooklyn, dominated the list.
Downtown Brooklyn topped the list at 303 active rentals with central air and it might see an increase in Freon-loving residents with the construction of new buildings in the midst of a real estate development boom.
Stuyvesant Heights has not had the influx of new development that Downtown Brooklyn has seen, but New Yorkers are flocking to the neighborhood's renovated brownstones (and central a/c).
Bushwick is expected to be the next haven for those priced out of Williamsburg, StreetEasy suggested, and its 570 units with central a/c make up 22 percent of the rental stock.