Crown Heights offers a variety of housing options: For townhouses, the Crown Heights North Historic District contains large and finely detailed row houses and freestanding mansions designed by Brooklyn’s major architects in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of the area townhouses sport stained glass, ornate plaster ceiling medallions, and oversized windows. There are even rental units available in Crown Heights with these amazing historical details. A second area around Brower Park contains four- and five-family homes built mostly in the Renaissance Revival style, and Italian and Greek Revival styles, too. But if you do not desire a townhouse, the former Brooklyn Jewish Hospital of Crown Heights has been renovated to hold 700 rental apartments — some with 12-foot ceilings.
For condo fans, Crown Heights offers developments such as 1570 Prospect Place, which offers luxury condo duplexes with patios and kitchens with stainless-steel appliances. The Crown Heights area offers easy access to Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn via four subway lines and the Nostrand Avenue Station of the Long Island Railroad. For recreation, Crown Heights offers the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the first of its kind in the world when it was established in the 19th Century. Today, it showcases 30,000 objects ranging from dolls to drums to butterflies. Every Labor Day, Crown Heights explodes with celebration, as the neighborhood puts on a West Indian carnival and parade which draws millions.
Great local coffee shop
For a quick bite or a place to get some work done, check out Forte Cafe on St. John's place at Franklin Avenue. They have excellent coffee, sandwiches and soups -- all made fresh and locally sourced -- free wi-fi, and a comfy, neighborhood vibe.
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