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Clinton Hill

Clinton Hill
Clinton Hill real estate

With Prospect Heights, Bed Stuy, Williamsburg and Fort Greene as neighbors, Clinton Hill is ideally situated in the heart of Brooklyn. This charming historic neighborhood is home to the internationally renowned Pratt Institute and St. Joseph's College. Once planned as a country retreat from New York, it retains a relaxed ambiance down its tree-lined side streets, while still giving you easy access to the city through the A, C, and G lines and the BQE. In recent years new bars and restaurants have opened in this ethnically diverse neighborhood, giving it an increasingly upscale feel.

Clinton Hill Real Estate


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This historic neighborhood contains many properties built between 1849 and 1930 in a wide variety of architectural styles. Italian inspired mansions, charming carriage houses, elegant brownstones and brick row houses all co-exist on the same streets. Those looking for Clinton Hill apartments will find many options at all price points with factory loft conversions, historic walk-ups and mid-rise apartment buildings with luxury condos available. New developments like The Waverly sits on the border of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene and offers a fitness center, parking and communal outdoor spaces along with oversized windows and large open kitchen.

Clinton Hill History

In the 1640's Dutch colonists purchased land from the native Lenape and laid tobacco plantations. The neighborhood next made history in 1776 when the British army used the area to outflank the Americans, forcing a retreat to Gowanus Creek. By 1832 the building of Clinton Avenue led to the area becoming a fashionable place to live.

Initially, it was intended as a rural retreat for those wanting to escape city life. One resident of the neighborhood was Walt Whitman who completed The Leaves of Grass at 99 Ryerson Street, which still stands to this day.

After The Civil War, the building of more row houses attracted affluent professionals, and oil magnate, Charles Pratt built the mansion that later became part of the Pratt Institute campus. During the first few decades in the 20th-century, apartment buildings sprung up in the area and some of the city's remaining mansions were converted into rooming houses.

After a period when many old brownstones were torn down, a brownstone revival occurred in the 1970's, and the area saw the restoration of a lot of old homes. In recent years there has been a significant increase in population with more people becoming attracted to the neighborhood.

Clinton Hill Attractions


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Pratt Institute is one of the most highly regarded colleges in the country. As well as its academic record it has the renowned Pratt Sculpture Park. One of the largest in the city it stretches across 25 acres of the institute's lush green lawns. The revolving exhibition features over 70 works by well-known and emerging artists.

To truly get a sense of the beauty of the neighborhood take a walk around the Clinton Hill Historic District. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, it consists of over a thousand buildings including free-standing mansions, row houses, churches, schools and apartment buildings.

Clinton Hill Shopping


Su'juk is an eclectic beauty boutique that is part lifestyle store and part hair salon. They stock rare vintage pieces and home décor from around the world with an emphasis on Turkey, from where the owner hails.

Leisure Life NYC stocks a rugged collection of clothing and accessories that have a decidedly vintage feel. The store has its in-house label as well as apparel by lesser-known independent brands.

Describing itself as a one-stop shop for people who want to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, Green in Bklyn stocks everything from kitchen supplies to beauty products. The store practices what it preaches by using eco-friendly building supplies, cleaning products, and recycling practices.

Corkscrew prides itself on researching, tasting and selecting the most authentic artisanal wines. It places the focus on family-owned and female producers and tries to stock reasonably-priced wines most of which are organic, biodynamic or natural.

As a reward for all that shopping, go to The Good Batch. Founded in 2010 out of love for cookies this cozy bakery is known for Dutch stroopwafels and artisanal ice cream sandwiches. During the warmer months, they have a traveling stand that sells ice cream at popular outdoor destinations throughout the city.

Clinton Hill restaurants


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Soco is a southern fusion restaurant with a menu that features dishes like Jambalaya, buttermilk fried chicken, and red velvet waffles. The restaurant also has a good range of craft cocktails and DJ sets on select evenings.

Named after a beach town in northern California, Bar Bolinas serves a coastal American menu heavy on seafood and grilled meats in a casual beachy space featuring a bar made from Californian redwood.

Rustic Italian trattoria Aita has a warm and cozy environment in which to serve its traditional food. The menu features a choice of homemade pasta dishes like Black Pepper Fettuccine and mains like branzino and chicken al mattone. Open from 11 am most days the restaurant also has a brunch and lunch menu.

The neighborhood has a couple of excellent pizza places. Emily serves wood-fired pizzas and rustic small plates. The menu divides the pizzas up into colors according to the ingredients so 'The Reds' feature pies with red sauce and mozzarella and 'The Whites' a variety of white cheeses.

Located in a 100-year-old space that has been variously a liquor store and an auto parts shop, these days Speedy Romeo is the location for pizzas prepared in a hardwood fired Italian pizza oven, which turns out perfectly charred pies.

In a distinctive space with a skylight, black brick walls and long white wood and marble bar, all-day eatery Sisters serves farm-to-table comfort food. At night there's a DJ in the back room and the place becomes more of a bar to hangout in.

Clinton Hill nightlife


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From the outside, Mekelburg's would appear to be a specialty food store but head to the back and you'll find an excellent beer bar featuring a long list of craft brews which you can enjoy with dishes like porchetta sandwiches and chocolate babka toast.

Mayflower Social is a tiny 25-seat bar that serves a range of creative and seasonal cocktails as well as biodynamic wines and a choice of draft beers. It makes a great place to come for a pre-meal drink if you're going to the Italian restaurant Aita next door.

Named for a long-defunct chicken shop, Hot Bird has 12 tap beers that you can enjoy in a spacious patio area populated with long picnic benches or an indoor area. If you're hungry, there's also a stationary food truck serving food like burgers and tacos.

Located near the Pratt Institute is The Emerson, an award-winning bar that has a generous selection of draft beers, bottles, and cans. In the back is a pool table and there's an outdoor area to enjoy in the warmer months.

Lastly, Mirrors on Grand gets its name from the mirrored bar and is known for its 'Sex on the Streets' cocktail creation made with vodka, peach schnapps, pineapple and orange juice. The industrial style space with its exposed brick and concrete floors gets a touch of softness from the lush velvet curtains and plump cushions.

Clinton Hill real estate
With Prospect Heights, Bed Stuy, Williamsburg and Fort Greene as neighbors, Clinton Hill is ideally situated in the heart of Brooklyn. This charming historic neighborhood is home to the internationally renowned Pratt Institute and St. Joseph's College. Once planned as a country retreat from New York, it retains a relaxed ambiance down its tree-lined side streets, while still giving you easy access to the city through the A, C, and G lines and the BQE. In recent years new bars and restaurants have opened in this ethnically diverse neighborhood, giving it an increasingly upscale feel.

Clinton Hill Real Estate


White residential building with a small park in front in Clinton Hill” style=


This historic neighborhood contains many properties built between 1849 and 1930 in a wide variety of architectural styles. Italian inspired mansions, charming carriage houses, elegant brownstones and brick row houses all co-exist on the same streets. Those looking for Clinton Hill apartments will find many options at all price points with factory loft conversions, historic walk-ups and mid-rise apartment buildings with luxury condos available. New developments like The Waverly sits on the border of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene and offers a fitness center, parking and communal outdoor spaces along with oversized windows and large open kitchen.

Clinton Hill History

In the 1640's Dutch colonists purchased land from the native Lenape and laid tobacco plantations. The neighborhood next made history in 1776 when the British army used the area to outflank the Americans, forcing a retreat to Gowanus Creek. By 1832 the building of Clinton Avenue led to the area becoming a fashionable place to live.

Initially, it was intended as a rural retreat for those wanting to escape city life. One resident of the neighborhood was Walt Whitman who completed The Leaves of Grass at 99 Ryerson Street, which still stands to this day.

After The Civil War, the building of more row houses attracted affluent professionals, and oil magnate, Charles Pratt built the mansion that later became part of the Pratt Institute campus. During the first few decades in the 20th-century, apartment buildings sprung up in the area and some of the city's remaining mansions were converted into rooming houses.

After a period when many old brownstones were torn down, a brownstone revival occurred in the 1970's, and the area saw the restoration of a lot of old homes. In recent years there has been a significant increase in population with more people becoming attracted to the neighborhood.

Clinton Hill Attractions


Red brick, white wood, and brownstone residential buildings in Clinton Hills” style=


Pratt Institute is one of the most highly regarded colleges in the country. As well as its academic record it has the renowned Pratt Sculpture Park. One of the largest in the city it stretches across 25 acres of the institute's lush green lawns. The revolving exhibition features over 70 works by well-known and emerging artists.

To truly get a sense of the beauty of the neighborhood take a walk around the Clinton Hill Historic District. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985, it consists of over a thousand buildings including free-standing mansions, row houses, churches, schools and apartment buildings.

Clinton Hill Shopping


Su'juk is an eclectic beauty boutique that is part lifestyle store and part hair salon. They stock rare vintage pieces and home décor from around the world with an emphasis on Turkey, from where the owner hails.

Leisure Life NYC stocks a rugged collection of clothing and accessories that have a decidedly vintage feel. The store has its in-house label as well as apparel by lesser-known independent brands.

Describing itself as a one-stop shop for people who want to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, Green in Bklyn stocks everything from kitchen supplies to beauty products. The store practices what it preaches by using eco-friendly building supplies, cleaning products, and recycling practices.

Corkscrew prides itself on researching, tasting and selecting the most authentic artisanal wines. It places the focus on family-owned and female producers and tries to stock reasonably-priced wines most of which are organic, biodynamic or natural.

As a reward for all that shopping, go to The Good Batch. Founded in 2010 out of love for cookies this cozy bakery is known for Dutch stroopwafels and artisanal ice cream sandwiches. During the warmer months, they have a traveling stand that sells ice cream at popular outdoor destinations throughout the city.

Clinton Hill restaurants


Red brick building with a garden on the roof in Clinton Hill” style=


Soco is a southern fusion restaurant with a menu that features dishes like Jambalaya, buttermilk fried chicken, and red velvet waffles. The restaurant also has a good range of craft cocktails and DJ sets on select evenings.

Named after a beach town in northern California, Bar Bolinas serves a coastal American menu heavy on seafood and grilled meats in a casual beachy space featuring a bar made from Californian redwood.

Rustic Italian trattoria Aita has a warm and cozy environment in which to serve its traditional food. The menu features a choice of homemade pasta dishes like Black Pepper Fettuccine and mains like branzino and chicken al mattone. Open from 11 am most days the restaurant also has a brunch and lunch menu.

The neighborhood has a couple of excellent pizza places. Emily serves wood-fired pizzas and rustic small plates. The menu divides the pizzas up into colors according to the ingredients so 'The Reds' feature pies with red sauce and mozzarella and 'The Whites' a variety of white cheeses.

Located in a 100-year-old space that has been variously a liquor store and an auto parts shop, these days Speedy Romeo is the location for pizzas prepared in a hardwood fired Italian pizza oven, which turns out perfectly charred pies.

In a distinctive space with a skylight, black brick walls and long white wood and marble bar, all-day eatery Sisters serves farm-to-table comfort food. At night there's a DJ in the back room and the place becomes more of a bar to hangout in.

Clinton Hill nightlife


Beautiful residential building in Clinton Hill” style=


From the outside, Mekelburg's would appear to be a specialty food store but head to the back and you'll find an excellent beer bar featuring a long list of craft brews which you can enjoy with dishes like porchetta sandwiches and chocolate babka toast.

Mayflower Social is a tiny 25-seat bar that serves a range of creative and seasonal cocktails as well as biodynamic wines and a choice of draft beers. It makes a great place to come for a pre-meal drink if you're going to the Italian restaurant Aita next door.

Named for a long-defunct chicken shop, Hot Bird has 12 tap beers that you can enjoy in a spacious patio area populated with long picnic benches or an indoor area. If you're hungry, there's also a stationary food truck serving food like burgers and tacos.

Located near the Pratt Institute is The Emerson, an award-winning bar that has a generous selection of draft beers, bottles, and cans. In the back is a pool table and there's an outdoor area to enjoy in the warmer months.

Lastly, Mirrors on Grand gets its name from the mirrored bar and is known for its 'Sex on the Streets' cocktail creation made with vodka, peach schnapps, pineapple and orange juice. The industrial style space with its exposed brick and concrete floors gets a touch of softness from the lush velvet curtains and plump cushions.

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