Fort Greene is a neighborhood rich in history and culture. It is home to some of New York’s most beautiful 19th century brownstones. With its rows of magnificently proportioned homes and its wide tree-lined streets, this neighborhood exemplifies the historic charm that characterizes Brooklyn. Nestled at its center is Fort Greene Park, which is comprised of 30 acres of grassy expanses, walking paths, tennis courts and a children’s playground offering a place to exercise, play or just unwind. The park was designed by the same team who created Central and Prospect Parks. At its center is the 148 foot Prison Ships Martyr’s Monument, which memorializes the 11,000 men and women who died in 1908 on British prison ships during the revolutionary war. The monument was designed by Stanford White of the prestigious and well-known firm, Mead and White.
Its architectural beauty, many transportation options and affordable housing opportunities have made Fort Greene an attractive alternative to Manhattan. It has long been a stomping ground for the cultural elite who frequent BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), one of New York City’s premier arts centers. And, in nearby Clinton Hill, Pratt Institute, a top art college boasts the largest contemporary sculpture park in the city. In recent years, Fort Greene has undergone a renaissance as more and more people are attracted to the wonderful attributes of the neighborhood.
Today, Fort Greene is not only a great place to live but it is a destination neighborhood with much to enjoy for visitors. Its fabulous restaurants and cafes, boutiques and shops and many cultural events draw people from all over the city.
Boundaries: From Park to Atlantic Avenues, between Flatbush and Franklin Avenues. Vanderbilt Avenue divides Fort Greene to the west and Clinton Hill to the east.
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