14 Independent Living Communities near Brooklyn, NY

Signature Senior Living

631 Foster Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11230

Signature Senior Living and its apartments were very nice. I saw people watching television and I saw people playing cards. The dining area was very nice. It was semi-formal, very clean, and spacious. … (read more)
Signature Senior Living and its apartments were very nice. I saw people watching television and I saw people playing cards. The dining area was very nice. It was semi-formal, very clean, and spacious. … (read more)


Ateret Avot

1410 East Tenth Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11230


2012, 2014, 2015

Brookdale Battery Park City

455 North End Avenue, New York, NY, 10282

We like Brookdale Battery Park City the best. It is very nice but very expensive. From a price’s perspective, I could see how it could easily get out of budget because the way it structured everything … (read more)
We like Brookdale Battery Park City the best. It is very nice but very expensive. From a price’s perspective, I could see how it could easily get out of budget because the way it structured everything … (read more)

Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills

108-25 Horace Harding Exwy, Forest Hills, NY, 11368

Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills was very nice and very convenient for the residents. The staff was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The food was delicious, but when we went there, the dining room … (read more)
Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills was very nice and very convenient for the residents. The staff was very knowledgeable and pleasant. The food was delicious, but when we went there, the dining room … (read more)

2012

Atria Forest Hills

112-50 72nd Avenue, Forest Hills, NY, 11375

Beautiful community. Very clean and the residents seemed happy and well taken care of. The staff was very welcoming and they all were smiling. I can’t wait for my dad to move in.
Beautiful community. Very clean and the residents seemed happy and well taken care of. The staff was very welcoming and they all were smiling. I can’t wait for my dad to move in.

Hudson Hills Senior Living

3505 Bergen Turnpike, North Bergen, NJ, 07047

Hudson Hills Senior Living is an independent and assisted living facility offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments to retired seniors and their small pets south of North Bergen, NJ. The facili … (read more)
Hudson Hills Senior Living is an independent and assisted living facility offering studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments to retired seniors and their small pets south of North Bergen, NJ. The facili … (read more)

Atria West 86

333 West 86th Street, New York, NY, 10024

Atria West 86 is located on Manhattan Island in New York, NY, right alongside the river. Residents are regularly delighted by motivational speakers, musical artists, and arts and crafts displays. Atri … (read more)
Atria West 86 is located on Manhattan Island in New York, NY, right alongside the river. Residents are regularly delighted by motivational speakers, musical artists, and arts and crafts displays. Atri … (read more)

2017

Flushing House

38-20 Bowne Street, Flushing, NY, 11354

They are very nice and you can tell they really care about their residents. My Mother has been a resident for over 4 years. They offer lots of activities, doctor visits, hair salon, aide services. Hi … (read more)
They are very nice and you can tell they really care about their residents. My Mother has been a resident for over 4 years. They offer lots of activities, doctor visits, hair salon, aide services. Hi … (read more)

2015

Atria Kew Gardens

117-01 84th Avenue, Kew Gardens, NY, 11418

Atria Kew Gardens looked great. They had large very nice rooms. They also had great bathrooms and walk-in showers. The person who accommodated me was a very nice woman. She was very helpful. The dini … (read more)
Atria Kew Gardens looked great. They had large very nice rooms. They also had great bathrooms and walk-in showers. The person who accommodated me was a very nice woman. She was very helpful. The dini … (read more)

Island Shores Senior Residences

1111 Father Capodanno Blvd, Staten Island, NY, 10306

I visited my aunt at Island Shores Senior Residences. It was technically independent, but it was assisted. Everybody had aides. It was a good community, and she enjoyed it. We had no issues there. The … (read more)
I visited my aunt at Island Shores Senior Residences. It was technically independent, but it was assisted. Everybody had aides. It was a good community, and she enjoyed it. We had no issues there. The … (read more)

New Broadview Manor HFA, LLC

70 Father Capodanno Boulevard, Staten Island, NY, 10305


St Margaret’s House

49 Fulton Street, New York, NY, 10038

St Margaret’s House Inc. was very good and everything. It looked kind of comfy. It wasn’t really for me, but for an elderly person that I was checking it out for. The rooms were quite big and there we … (read more)
St Margaret’s House Inc. was very good and everything. It looked kind of comfy. It wasn’t really for me, but for an elderly person that I was checking it out for. The rooms were quite big and there we … (read more)

Waterford Towers

190 River Road, Edgewater, NJ, 07020

I like Waterford Towers because I can afford it and it has all the amenities that I was looking for. This is the best facility among all facilities I have visited.
I like Waterford Towers because I can afford it and it has all the amenities that I was looking for. This is the best facility among all facilities I have visited.

What to Expect in an Independent Living Community

Many seniors love how independent living communities reduce unwanted stress, hazards, and fatigue in their lives. Independent living communities take care of housekeeping, yard work and meals while still allowing residents personal space and the dignity of making their own choices. These communities usually provide seniors with an apartment that has a small kitchen, bathroom, living room, and one or more bedrooms. Those who want a small space may even find that some independent living communities offer studio-style apartments. Seniors can invite guests over and enjoy their rooms however they see fit.

Independent living communities often also include the following:

  • Numerous opportunities for socializing and exploring new activities
  • Easy access to public or community-provided transportation 
  • Meal plans for community dining as well as kitchens for seniors who like preparing their own meals
  • The ability to keep small- and medium-size pets such as dogs and cats
  • Housekeeping, laundry and groundskeeping services 
  • 24-hour staff on-site who can be contacted if a problem arises

For a more detailed look at common amenities, check out our guide to independent living communities. 

What Couples Should Know About Independent Living in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn is one of the most urbanized boroughs in New York. Home to hundreds of thousands of seniors, Brooklyn has extensive public parks and senior-friendly attractions, such as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which offers discount admission to seniors. The Community Arranged Resident Transportation (CART) Program helps seniors get around town for medical and personal trips in ADA-compliant vehicles and emergency car service on short notice.

Independent seniors in Brooklyn have no end of options to join local groups that welcome aging citizens with free or reduced-cost outdoor events all year round. Brooklyn Bridge Park, for example, is an 85-acre space by the bridge that’s built around sustainable development offers senior basketball and fun runs, as well as free space with a view of downtown Manhattan for picnics and other family events. For seniors with an interest in history, the Brooklyn Historical Society offers discount memberships for seniors aged 62 and older to peruse the exhibits covering the borough’s 400-year history.

Paying for Independent Living in Brooklyn, NY

Seniors in Brooklyn can expect to pay an average monthly cost of $7,695 for independent living. The national average is significantly less, at just $2,550. Nearby communities, such as Forest Hills, are also less expensive than Brooklyn, at $4,449.

The annual cost of living in an independent living community can range anywhere from $12,000-$42,000, depending mostly on the amenities, room type and cost of living in the area. In addition to using personal retirement income, annuities, long-term care insurance, or cashing out an existing life insurance policy, some seniors can use Social Security funds, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments granted due to disability or low-income or HUD-provided housing assistance such as vouchers. Another route many seniors choose to fund their independent living stay is renting out or selling their homes that they won’t need once they move or taking advantage of a reverse mortgage

Our guide provides a more in-depth look at independent living costs and solutions for those who want to learn more.  

How to Choose an Independent Living Community

When choosing an independent living community, it’s best to consider many factors, including the community’s proximity to loved ones and medical care, the state of repair that the facility appears to be in, the attitude and efficiency of the staff, the cost of both rent and services, the facility’s pet policy and more. 

Comparing multiple communities can help seniors and their families figure out what they value most in an independent living community. During tours of these communities, staff members should be available to answer questions. To help with the touring and comparison process, we’ve included a checklist full of pertinent questions that anyone can download and print for themselves.

Transitioning to Independent Living

Independent living communities, rather than memory care or nursing homes, are often the first place seniors move to when they realize they need a lifestyle change. The necessity of letting some possessions go and the reality of leaving a home and neighborhood after possibly decades of residence there can make transitioning to an independent living community difficult. These communities are often friendly places, but being in a new environment still initially triggers feelings of loneliness in many seniors. 

Having a strategy for dealing with the challenges of moving can make the transition to an independent living community a positive experience. We’ve created a downloadable step-by-step guide for tips to making this transition as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

Independent Living Resources in Brooklyn, NY

There are many other resources and activities for seniors in Brooklyn. Use the table below to learn about the options available for older adults in the area.

ResourcePhone Number Description 
Expanded In-Home Services for the Elderly Program (EISEP) (518) 449-7080Seniors in Brooklyn can get in-home help and various personal items at low or no cost through EISEP. This program serves Brooklyn seniors aged 60 and over with respite care and non-medical home supplies.
Social Model Adult Day Services Program (518) 694-5366 Seniors with dementia aged 60 and over in Brooklyn can spend time with other seniors in a safe and stimulating environment. The Social Adult Day Services Program operates centers throughout the city, with several branches in Brooklyn.
Bill Payer Program (212) 602-4195 Seniors in Brooklyn can get help keeping their bills paid on time with volunteer help from New York’s Bill Payer Program. This program screens volunteers and sends them to seniors’ homes for up to 8 hours a month.