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Get to know Crown Heights

South of Atlantic Avenue (and Bed-Stuy) and east of Prospect Park, Crown Heights includes a huge swath of central Brooklyn. Part of the neighborhood's appeal is its growing culinary offerings; the neighborhood has lately lured an enviable variety of acclaimed restaurants, most of them concentrated along Franklin Avenue and, to a lesser extent, Washington, the western boundary of Crown Heights.
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History & Culture

Though Crown Heights was settled by Dutch farmers as early as the 17th century, and by Lenape even earlier, it wasn’t until the 1910s that the neighborhood began to be seriously developed. As with many parts of Brooklyn, Crown Heights’ boom can be credited to mass transit projects. When the IRT’s Eastern Parkway Line (used today by the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains) opened, it stood out from other Brooklyn train routes for its underground instead of elevated tracks. Cultural institutions of note include the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Jewish Children’s Museum, and the Weeksville Heritage Center.

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Dine & Shop

The liveliest stretch of new restaurants in Crown Heights is on and near Franklin Avenue, in the western part of Crown Heights. On a smaller scale, Washington, which runs diagonal to the grid common to most of the neighborhood, also has some popular dining and drinking spots. Three blocks to the east of Franklin, Nostrand Avenue remains the area’s primary commercial strip. New bars and bistros are drawing visitors to Crown Heights, especially between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway. While Eastern Parkway is the leafy main boulevard of Crown Heights, and the site of some new residential projects, grand apartment buildings outnumber restaurants and shops there. Other neighborhoods with competing dining and drinking scenes are nearby, especially along Crown Heights’ western edge: Park Slope, Prospect Heights, and Fort Greene.