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Get to know Prospect Heights

One of Brooklyn’s smaller neighborhoods, Prospect Heights sits north of Prospect Park, south of Atlantic Avenue, east of Flatbush, and west of Washington. Its location is one of its principal appeals, with 10 subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road serving Atlantic Terminal, and a number of Brooklyn highlights just a stone’s throw away. It can tend to be overshadowed by its neighbors, Fort Greene and Park Slope, but the area definitely has its own relaxed character and its own main street, Vanderbilt Avenue. Increasingly, the Barclays Center at the neighborhood’s northwestern corner and the planned Pacific Park (aka Atlantic Yards) project along its northern edge are ushering in luxury developments, many of them conversions of existing loft and warehouse buildings. Still, in most of Prospect Heights, 19th-century rowhouses and some larger apartment buildings from the same period line the leafy streets.
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Commerce & Culture

Vanderbilt Avenue is Prospect Heights’ main commercial strip, and evidence indicates that residents like sweets: You can find Ample Hills, Milk Bar, and a new location of Van Leeuwen if you want ice cream, along with bakeries and cafés. Unnameable Books is a favorite of bibliophiles throughout Brooklyn. The streets that form Prospect Heights’ eastern and western borders, Fulton and Washington, are its other main dining and drinking destinations. Venture down side streets to find gems like James, on Carlton Avenue, and Sofreh, a highly praised haute Persian restaurant on St. Mark’s Avenue. When it comes to culture, look west and north — toward the Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (as well as other venues in Fort Greene). In the opposite direction, the Brooklyn Museum and the enormous Central Library (the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library) are just to the south of the neighborhood.

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