A Historic, Close-in Southeast Portland Neighborhood on the Rise
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Skirting the edge of the Willamette River in southeast Portland, historic Brooklyn is a neighborhood on the rise. The close-in location, new commute options, and ongoing restoration of its beautiful old homes have helped to lift the neighborhood from past decades of hard times. While the neighborhood remains hemmed by railyards and industrial areas, its residential core is vibrant with hipsters playing kickball at Brooklyn Park and young families pushing strollers along the tree-lined streets.
One of Brooklyn’s long-standing gems is the Aladdin Theater. Built in 1928 as a vaudeville theater, it has since evolved into one of the premiere venues in Portland for live music and comedy. After a show, you can dip into one of the neighborhood bars or satiate your late night munchies with old-school diner food around the corner at the Original Hotcake House.
Newer cafes and bars have been popping up alongside Brooklyn’s old diners and watering holes, adding to the neighborhood’s appeal. You’ll find locally-sourced café fare and smoothies at Know Thy Food, while long-time favorite Sanborn’s serves up stacks of pancakes and home-style breakfast fare. At Pok Pok Wing, you can enjoy the city’s best wings without the two-hour wait you’ll find at Andy Ricker’s famed flagship restaurant just a mile away.
A Brooklyn landmark since the 1980s, Edelweiss Sausage and Delicatessen features house-made sausages and charcuterie and a wide range of European groceries. A short distance away, Teutonic Wine Company is a hip new tasting room featuring live jazz.
The close-in location and new commute options have made Brooklyn a commuter’s dream. Trimet’s newest light rail train, the orange line, runs through the neighborhood providing quick access to OHSU and downtown Portland. If you prefer to walk or bike to work, the new cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly Tillikum Bridge makes for an easy commute across the river.
Along Brooklyn’s quaint, tree-lined streets, you’ll find old Victorians, bungalows, and four squares mixed with new condo developments and apartments.