Situated along the St. Johns River, Brooklyn is a downtown Jacksonville neighborhood with a long history. As one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Brooklyn dates back to 1801 when the area was an 800-acre plantation owned by Phillip Dell. Back then, it was known as Dell’s Bluff.
After the Civil War, the land was purchased by Miles Price, a staunch Confederate. One of Brooklyn’s greatest mysteries is why this Southern sympathizer chose to name his new suburban development after the New York borough. He did, however, name the east/west streets after Confederate generals such as Jackson and Stonewall.
As the city of Jacksonville grew, Brooklyn was annexed. Today, the neighborhood is bordered on the west and south by Interstate 95, Water Street is to the north, and St. Johns River runs along the east side. Rent an apartment in Brooklyn and you’ll enjoy a fantastic downtown neighborhood with plenty to see and do – shopping at Fresh Market and Brooklyn Station, dining at restaurants owned by celebrity chefs, and spending the afternoon at J.S. Johnson Park.
Brooklyn residents have minutes-away access to Riverside Park, the second-oldest park in the city dating back to the early 1890s. This 14-acre park includes 30 benches, 8 picnic tables, and a basketball court. From your Brooklyn apartment, you’ll also enjoy easy access to Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, which hosts a variety of shows and events, and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.
If you are moving to an apartment in Brooklyn with children, students in Brooklyn are in the Duvall School System. Schools serving the Brooklyn neighborhood include Smart Pope Livingston Elementary School, Northwestern Middle School, and Robert E. Lee High School.