Seniors seeking a vibrant, active life filled with a diversity of food, cultures and languages should look no further than the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Home to the world-famous Brooklyn Bridge, Coney Island tourist attractions and the trendy DUMBO area, the Brooklyn borough, with a choice of over five dozen walkable neighborhoods, takes the spot as New York City’s most populous with an impressive 36,732 people per square mile.
Along with Brooklyn’s high population comes a wealth of senior services. Depending on their interests and needs, seniors can access programs such as free nutritious meals, courses at John Jay College and senior volunteer programs. Additionally, Brooklyn seniors have access to world-class medical care at NYU Lagone and New York-Presbyterian hospitals, ranked by U.S. News as some of the best in the country. Because we’re keenly aware that choosing an assisted living facility in a location as diverse and multifaceted as Brooklyn can be daunting, we’ve included a list of eight of our top borough facilities.
Signature Senior Living
631 Foster Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Signature Senior Living stands out for its upscale ambiance and luxurious furnishings. Its impeccable six-story design, along with a 24-hour concierge, daily housekeeping and personal care services, creates a soothing, stress-free and hotel-like atmosphere for residents. Seniors can listen to performances on the baby grand piano, relax on the attractive patio or attend services in the on-site synagogue. In the fine-dining hall, a professional chef and dietitian collaborate to serve nutritional glatt kosher meals. The facility’s convenient Ocean Parkway location is walking distance from dozens of eateries and community amenities such as the Midwood Branch Library and Kent Theater.
3010 W. 33rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11224
Located in the famed Coney Island neighborhood, Oceanview Manor is steps from the beach, boardwalk and the YMCA. The stunning ocean views offer residents a peaceful, low-stress atmosphere, and the facility has easy access to local parks, shops and the Coney Island Subway hub for transportation to other parts of the city. Oceanview Manor is funded by Medicaid and provides home health care services to those who would otherwise require nursing home care.
New South Shore Manor
1041 E. 83rd St.
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Residents at New South Shore Manor enjoy peace of mind and a sense of security through around-the-clock personal care, housekeeping services and 24-hour access to on-call physicians. A highly trained, caring staff arranges for specialist medical consultations with individuals as needed and assists residents with medication management and care coordination. When residents aren’t socializing or playing games in the cozy activities room, they can walk to a neighborhood restaurant or take a stroll in Canarsie Park. The facility offers visitor parking and works with a state-certified nutritionist to serve residents three healthy meals per day plus snacks.
The Waterford on the Bay
2900 Bragg St.
Brooklyn, NY 11235
With this facility’s gorgeous bay views, luxurious amenities and hotel-like feel, it’s no wonder that The Waterford on the Bay was named one of the top three assisted living facilities in New York and why we had to include it in our list of Brooklyn’s top eight. Every room includes a full private bathroom, carpeting and personal thermostats for heating and cooling. The facility offers assisted living and memory care, and residents’ daily lives are enhanced by the abundance of comfortable outdoor seating, on-site beauty salon and massage therapy services. The convenient location also offers close proximity to the beautiful Marine Park and Shell Bank Creek.
Harbor View Home
3900 Shore Pkwy.
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Having provided loving assisted living care to the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood for 40 years, the staff at Harbor View Home Assisted Living take pride in treating residents like family. We chose this facility for our list of Brooklyn’s top eight for its world-class amenities that keep residents’ lives vibrant and fun. Seniors enjoy services in the on-site synagogue, hairstyling in the beauty salon and performances from talented comedians, singers and actors in the theater. With stunning city and harbor views, the outdoor garden patios and sundeck offer privacy and comfort.
Sunrise at Sheepshead Bay
2211 Emmons Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Sunrise at Sheepshead Bay’s stately building is elegantly furnished and surrounded by manicured greenery with an open-air atrium, walking paths and cozy park benches. Offering assisted living and memory care, the community’s on-site medical specialists, full-time nurses and range of therapies meet residents’ unique health care needs while allowing them to experience independence and freely enjoy on-site cooking classes, art exhibits and live music performances. We featured this facility in Brooklyn’s top eight because of its top-notch waterfront location close to the Kings Plaza Shopping Mall, Emmons Avenue restaurants and Coney Island attractions.
Sunrise at Mill Basin
5905 Strickland Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Another waterfront property, Sunrise at Mill Basin offers ample outdoor seating on its numerous porches and manicured gardens from which residents can enjoy views of Jamaica Bay. The grand lobby’s high ceilings, piano and comfortable furnishings create a calming, peaceful and elegant atmosphere that permeates throughout the building. A well-stocked library, media room and multiple eating areas, including a bistro and private dining room, allow residents to freely explore their interests. Nearby hospitals and visiting physicians, audiologists and nurses provide high-quality, professional medical care.
Brooklyn Adult Care Center
2830 Pitkin Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11208
Brooklyn Adult Care Center is within easy walking distance of Robert E. Venable Park, Grant Avenue Subway Station and numerous shops and restaurants. Equipped with comfortable, modern furnishings and 210 beds, the facility offers residents medication management, assistance with activities of daily living and case management in a homey, laid-back setting. Seniors are encouraged to maintain high levels of independence and can participate in organized recreational activities, play a game on the community billiards table and dine up to three times per day in the cafeteria.
Is Brooklyn the Right Choice for You?
Seniors who enjoy being surrounded by a multitude of languages and cultures or are foreign-born will feel right at home among Brooklyn’s other residents, 38% of whom are immigrants and 46% of whom speak a language other than English. Ample public transportation through New York City’s Subway system and dense, walkable streets filled with local businesses make it easy for seniors to explore Brooklyn’s colorful and plentiful offerings.