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Get to know Fort Greene

Historically one of Brooklyn’s most elegant neighborhoods and later a center of African-American life in the city, Fort Greene (and adjoining Clinton Hill) long rivaled Brooklyn Heights as the borough’s most desirable address. Its stately brownstones are again coveted and, along its edges, the neighborhood has in recent years welcomed new buildings with luxury apartments and hotel amenities. Part of the draw is the location: Fort Greene sits in the center of many of the borough’s most desirable neighborhoods — the reborn Fulton Mall to its east and Bed-Stuy to its west; Williamsburg to its north and Prospect Heights and Park Slope to its south. You don’t have to leave Fort Greene, however, to experience the best of Brooklyn. The neighborhood is home to leading cultural institutions (the Brooklyn Academy of Music foremost among them), a lively and varied restaurant scene, and Fort Greene Park on its northern edge.
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Commerce & Culture

The Brooklyn Academy of Music, or BAM, has long been one of the borough’s premier cultural institutions. The name doesn’t capture its breadth — performances include not only music, but also dance, theater, and film (at BAM Rose Cinemas). Other cultural institutions of note include BRIC (Brooklyn’s oldest contemporary art gallery), the celebrated Theatre for a New Audience (which stages revivals and classic works, especially Shakespeare), UrbanGlass (a gallery focused on artists working with glass), and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (reflecting Fort Greene’s history as an important African-American neighborhoods). The latest addition is the nonprofit Center for Fiction, which relocated in 2019 from Battery Park City. For visitors and residents hungry for more than just culture, there are restaurants and bars aplenty. The busiest commercial strip is Fulton Street, running along the southern edge of the neighborhood, though DeKalb and Lafayette also have local and restaurant-critic favorites.

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