Crown Heights is a neighborhood in the central portion of Brooklyn, with Prospect Heights to the west, Flatbush to the south, Brownsville to the east, and Bedford-Stuyvesant to the north. Originally known as ‘Crow Hill’, it was a series of hills running east and west from Utica Avenue to Classon Avenue, and south to Empire Boulevard and New York Avenue, but the area became more urban over the course of the 19th century as mansions and limestone row houses were constructed. This vibrant and unique area offers a convenient commute to Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn via the 2, 3 4 and 5 subway lines, and the Nostrand Avenue Station of the Long Island Railroad.
A variety of housing options can be found in Crown Heights, including large and exceptionally detailed row houses, historic townhouses and turn-of-the-century free standing mansions, which were mostly built in the Renaissance Revival style. The Italian and Greek Revival styles are also very relevant in this section of Brooklyn. Some of the area townhouses still contain coveted original details like ornate ceilings, stained glass and oversized windows. There are even rental units available in Crown Heights with marvelous historical details, such as 835 Franklin Ave, a newly renovated historic building with ceiling fans, marble bathrooms and a passenger elevator. For commercial space, developments like 1000 Dean Street feature fully renovated modern open plan white box offices with a full service food, coffee, beer hall and bar under the same roof.
The main thoroughfare through the neighborhood is Eastern Parkway, a tree-lined boulevard designed by Frederick Law Olmsted extending two miles east-west. Crown Heights is also home to various thriving community organizations, who come together to sponsor a Unity Day that draws about 10,000 people to hear motivational speakers and spread the message of unity. Other cultural attractions abound, including the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, which is the very first museum worldwide that is dedicated to children. Every Labor Day, Crown Heights explodes with celebration, as the neighborhood puts on a West Indian carnival and parade which draws millions annually.
Today, Crown Heights is a unique culinary experience, boasting rows of West Indian and Jewish bakeries, food shops, and restaurants. These eateries offer goat curry, jerk chicken, red snapper and even Israeli falafel. Bar Corvo on Washington Ave. offers outdoor seating, excellent food, carefully crafted cocktails and makes a great effort to responsibly source ingredients from local and organic farms. Alan’s Bakery on Nostrand Ave. shells out Caribbean pastries and cakes, all prepared lovingly with the very best in natural ingredients. Down the street, Punch Line, a Jamaican owned fresh juice spot, offers huge portions and an amazing veggie burger. Brower Park, located in the heart of Crown Heights, boasts a rolling terrain, dense shrubs, robust native trees, curving walks and an iron ornamental fence.
Rentals in Crown Heights
542 St. Marks Avenue Unit 102
$2,625 per month
1000 Dean Street Unit 226
$2,100 per month
1000 Dean Street Unit 355
$2,200 per month
$1,895 per month
$2,095 per month
341 Eastern Parkway Unit 8E
$3,345 per month
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