Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Fort Greene and Clinton Hill

by Caitlin Dover, 10/16/2013

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  • The adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill contain a sampling of the best the borough has to offer. Historic districts, a hilltop park designed by Olmsted & Vaux, cutting-edge art and up-and-coming chefs, a pedigreed college and a repurposed hub for homegrown industry—all can be found here. And getting to, from and around the area has never been easier: the many subway lines servicing Atlantic Terminal deliver you to BAM's doorstep, and the G and C subway lines make stops in both neighborhoods. Add the more than 20 Citi Bike stations available throughout the area, and you have what may be Brooklyn's ideal day trip.

    The two neighborhoods' elegant rows of brownstones are popular with film crews—you may well stumble across a production in progress as you wander along tree-lined Willoughby Avenue or stroll past the boutiques and restaurants on Dekalb Avenue. Spend some time here, and you'll come to see that, along with the area's physical beauty, its charm lies in its offbeat sensibility, a way of being that can be traced back to the many creative thinkers who, over the centuries, have made the spot their home. That spirit lives on among those in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill who are still making themselves heard and starting new ventures. Rich in Brooklyn's history, this is also a place to find people who are dreaming up the borough's future. Read on for things to see and do in these vibrant neighborhoods.

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