Clinton Hill, named in honor of former New York Govenor DeWitt Clinton, is in the north-central borough of Brooklyn, bordered by Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Prospect Heights, Williamsburg and Fort Greene. With its diversity of people, restaurants and activities, Clinton Hill accommodates professionals and Pratt Institute students alike, creating an easy going and friendly vibe. Served by the A, C and G trains, Clinton Hill is known for its lovely tree-lined blocks, remarkable historic churches and artsy yet laid back atmosphere.
The area’s European history began in the 1640s, when Dutch settlers laid tobacco plantations near Wallabout Bay. By the 1840s, Clinton Hill and neighboring Fort Greene had become fashionable neighborhoods for wealthy Brooklynites, who could commute to Manhattan by way of stagecoach to the Fulton Ferry. The area was originally devised for those “determined to escape from the closeness of city life”, as Walt Whitman, a former Clinton Hill resident, put it in 1846. The Clinton Hill Historic District, noted for its prominent Italianate and Beaux-Arts row houses, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The pride of the neighborhood is Clinton Avenue’s row of historic mansions between Dekalb and Willoughby.
Clinton Hill is rife with housing options, from turn-of-the-century carriage houses to contemporary luxury lofts. Studio, One, Two and Three-bedroom apartments are also available, as well as incredible floor-through dwellings with modern upgrades. Victorian row houses, pre-Civil War frame houses or Romanesque mansions are all also accessible. The Clinton Hill Co-op constitutes one of the neighborhood’s largest housing options, with 12 dark brick 1940’s buildings divided into two campuses on Clinton Avenue featuring studios, one and two-bedrooms for sale, as well as some apartments for rent. On Myrtle and Classon Avenues, the Absolute and the Azure, two five-story glass condominium developments, exude modern luxury. 163 Washington, a 17-story luxury rental residence, offers cosmopolitan style units with floor-to-ceiling windows, top-of-the-line fixtures and sparkling views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan skylines.
Myrtle Avenue, the main commercial thoroughfare, contains about 150 independently owned shops, bars, restaurants and markets. SoCo, known for their Cajun/Creole soul food, is famous for their chicken and red velvet waffles. Named after the grandmother of one of the owner's, Maggie Brown is a cozy restaurant with velvet flocked wallpaper and exposed brick, offering homemade meals with a creative twist. The Outpost Lounge on Fulton Street, a new coffee shop and art gallery, features revolving exhibitions of work from young and up-and-coming local artists. Fort Greene Park — next door to Clinton Hill — is beloved by many residents. Originally the site of forts built for the Revolutionary War, famed landscape architects Olmsted and Vaux designed its new layout in 1847. A basketball court, playgrounds, tennis courts, rolling hills, and beautiful trees are a magnet for visitors and residents. During the summer months, Lafayette Ave. hosts the Brooklyn Flea, a weekly flea market that brings Brooklyn vendors together every Saturday to sell food, artisan crafts, vintage clothing, hand-crafted furniture, second hand items and more.
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