Originally developed between 1870 and 1920, Stuyvesant Heights is a neighborhood in north-central Brooklyn and is one of the four sections comprising the widely known enclave of Bedford–Stuyvesant. The other neighborhoods making up Bed Stuy are Bedford, Ocean Hill and Weeksville. Settled in the mid 17th century before the borough of Brooklyn was incorporated as a city, the area boasts some of the borough’s most handsome and historic brownstones, grand old apartments and townhomes as well as new development condo and rentals.
The area that is now Stuyvesant Heights was originally farmland that became a community after the American Revolutionary War. The name "Stuyvesant Heights" came into local usage during the 1890s and distinguishes it from the larger Bedford Stuyvesant area in which it lies. The name Stuyvesant Heights derives from the fact that Stuyvesant Avenue is the district's principal thoroughfare. Construction of masonry row houses in the 1870s began to transform the rural district into an urban area, and most of Stuyvesant Heights north of Decatur Street looked much as it does today. Stuyvesant Heights has emerged as a neighborhood entity with its own unique and distinctive characteristics. Many of the area’s houses have large rooms, high ceilings and large windows.
The main thoroughfares in Stuyvesant Heights are Malcolm X Boulevard, Stuyvesant Avenue and Fulton Street. The majority of Stuy Heights’ shops can be found on Lewis Avenue, where lamppost banners on every block proclaim the area to be “SoLA” (for “Shops of Lewis Avenue”). However, several charming finds await on the side streets or on Malcolm X Boulevard, two blocks parallel to Lewis. Italian eateries and soul food restaurants thrive, such as Ma-N-Pop Soul Food, a corner spot that serves heaping portions of fluffy pancakes and grilled pork chops. Peaches, a classic American restaurant nestled in Stuyvesant Heights, features a contemporary Southern menu from local and organic ingredients, in a setting as comfortable as your grandmother’s living room. Saraghina, a homey eatery on Halsey Street, serves fresh batches of Italian delicacies like piquant pizzas.
Fulton Park is a true haven for the community, where people can come to sit, read, picnic and enjoy neighborhood festivals. It’s also home to an annual art fair in the summer and Halloween parade in October. The April Harrison Flea Market on Malcom X Blvd captures the essence of the true flea market experience with items like archaic tape players, chandeliers and grandfather clocks. On Lewis Ave., House of Art is a spacious gallery that displays and sells art from local artists, ranging from paintings to collages. The world famous team of Frederick Law Olmsted designed Herbert Von King Park on Tompkins Avenue between Greene and Lafayette Avenues, which features a community center with a recording studio, fitness center, indoor dance studio and the Eubie Blake Auditorium, where you can attend free jazz concerts in the summer.