About Fort Greene & Clinton Hill

Welcome to Fort.Greene and Clinton Hill!  We are a little different than other areas of Brooklyn in that we truly are a residential community.  Streets lined with trees, community gardens, parks, restaurants, shops, houses of worship and – what we value most – neighbors.

As with most of Brooklyn, the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill neighborhoods have changed greatly over the last decade. Despite the current economy, we continue to have an abundance of new construction bringing in new residents every day.  Unlike other areas of Brooklyn, our neighborhoods have retained their character and neighborhood feel.  As people of all ages and ethnicities move here, they only add to the existing diversity of the area and are welcomed.

Fulton Street runs through the heart of these two neighborhoods, providing over 300 businesses for the residents.  Restaurants, shops, services are all conveniently available, just a brief stroll away.

Fort Greene is named after an American Revolutionary War era fort, built in 1776, under the supervision of General Nathanael Greene of Rhode Island. Both the fort – and the general – played a strategic role in the Battle of Long Island in 1776.  Ft. Greene Park is a reminder of the history of this neighborhood, and is currently home to a monument honoring those who fought during the American War of Independence.

Currently, Fort Greene is graced with many tree-lined streets, elegant low-rise housing consisting of everything from mansions to contemporary apartment buildings. Additionally, it is also home to many important cultural institutions including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mark Morris, Dance Group, the Irondale Center, MoCADA, the Brooklyn Music School, The Paul Robeson Theater and BRIC Arts/Media/Bklyn, among others. Art, in all its forms, is abundant in Fort Greene and there is always something of cultural interest happening.

Clinton Hill became a popular neighborhood for the wealthy residents of Brooklyn in the 1840’s, who could commute to Manhattan by way of stagecoach to the Fulton Ferry in nearby Brooklyn Heights. In the late 1800’s, Clinton Avenue was lined with mansions of millionaires, many of which remain. Foremost among these are homes built by Charles Pratt for his family, in addition to founding Pratt Institute of Art in 1887.

Presently, Clinton Hill is a welcoming neighborhood to families, artists, and students of both Pratt Institute and St. Joseph’s College.  In Clinton Hill, there is an ever-increasing abundance of new faces, long-time neighborhood characters and people of all ages.

Clinton Hill, Fort Greene and BAM are all on the State and National Registers of Historic Places – and are NYC Historic Districts - which assures that as the neighborhood continues to grow, the charm and diversity will not be lost. A century from now, there will still be children playing on tree-lined streets in a neighborhood that is home to one of New York’s largest concentrations of row houses from the post-Civil War period.  

Both Fort Greene and Clinton Hill are easily accessed from Manhattan via subway, with the A and C lines providing several convenient stops on Fulton Street.  Also, there is the G line running up Lafayette Avenue to Queens, and connecting with other lines to access any area of Manhattan with ease. For zipping around the neighborhood, there are a number of bus lines running the length of Fulton Street, making it easy to shop from Rockwell Place to Classon Avenue.  Those residents wishing to venture out to Long Island have the added convenience of the LIRR at Atlantic Terminal as well.

With convenient public transportation, abundant arts, events, restaurants and shops, it is no wonder that these neighborhoods are becoming THE place to work, shop, dine and play in Brooklyn.  Visit us and experience for yourself why so many are choosing Fort Greene and Clinton Hill as their new home.

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