Fort Greene is located in northwest Brooklyn, just south of Clinton Hill and west of Prospect Park. It is bounded by Flushing Avenue to the north, Flatbush Avenue to the west, Vanderbilt Avenue to the east and Atlantic Avenue to the south. The population is diverse and the tree-lined streets are dotted with historic brownstones and elegant low-rise housing. Built up mostly around the Civil War, there is no shortage of beautiful architecture and remnants of the past. Lovely 100-year-old churches that resemble medieval castles are scattered throughout the neighborhood, which is close to the Atlantic Terminal /Barclays Center train station and has access to most major subway lines.
Fort Greene contains many examples of mid-19th century Italianate and Eastlake architecture, most of which is well preserved. It is also home to the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, which for over 80 years was the tallest building in Brooklyn, but has now been converted to condominiums. Notable aptsandlofts.com developments in the area include 525 Clinton Avenue, 163 Washington Avenue and 268 Cumberland Street.
Fort Greene’s main arteries are Fulton Street, Lafayette Avenue and DeKalb Avenue. The area is home to a wealth of cultural and historical attractions including the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Brooklyn Music School, The Paul Robeson Theater, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts , BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn, UrbanGlass, The Irondale Center for Theater, the Mark Morris Dance Center and Lafayette Church. It is also home to Brooklyn Technical High School, one of New York City's most competitive public schools. In addition to housing Masons, the Brooklyn Masonic Temple also hosts indie concerts. Chez Oskar on Dekalb Ave. cranks out fine, affordable French cuisine, along with weekly events and live music. Down the street, Madiba offers artfully prepared South African fare. Café Paulette doubles as a coffee shop and wine bar, also offering classic bistro-style brunch.
Fort Greene Park, originally called Washington Park and Brooklyn's first, was redesigned in 1867 by famed architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. Originally the site of forts built for the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, it continues to reward the neighborhood. A basketball court, playgrounds, and tennis courts, along with enriching events, magnificent trees and a weekly greenmarket are a magnet for residents and visitors from all over New York City. 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.