With beautiful tree-and brownstone-lined streets, historic buildings, convenient transportation access, and a renowned performing arts center, Fort Greene is becoming one of Brooklyn’s most desirable residential neighborhoods. Fort Greene Park, created in 1848 at the instigation of poet/newspaper editor Walt Whitman, is now crowded with tennis players, joggers, and dog lovers, all sharing the scenic spot of greenery. The park was planned by notable landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, designers of Central Park.
Over on DeKalb Avenue, you can find boutique shops like Carol’s Daughter – a beauty products company backed by Will Smith and Jay-Z – and great eats ranging from soul food to sushi. The area, built up mostly around the Civil War, is a haven for spectacular architecture. Beautiful churches like St. Michael’s and St. Edward’s (a twin-towered beauty that looks like a medieval French castle), rows of brownstones near the park and lovely apartments with lots of sunlight all add to the architectural appeal of the neighborhood. Best of all, Fort Greene is amazingly convenient; just minutes from Brooklyn’s active downtown.
Bruce Ratner, Developer
By the time I went to Harvard, I thought I was smart. But when I met these guys from Brooklyn, that's when I knew I didn't know math, I knew arithmetic. I wondered what kind of place could produce such geniuses. That's when I fell in love with BK.
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