Clinton Hill real estate
Living in Clinton Hill offers a variety of historic architectural options while embracing the future with a fusion of arts, culture and excitement. Close proximity to Fort Greene Park, a 30-acre space offers residents a serene retreat from the city.
Already home to students from the Pratt Institute and St. Joseph’s College, this neighborhood's education-oriented atmosphere pervades every facet of social and economic life. Home to a whole row of artist's studios on Lexington Avenue, film shoots are a regular occurrence, adding to the area's ambience, just like sizzling hot pizza from a wood-burning oven at iconic eatery Speedy Romeo.
This north central Brooklyn neighborhood is a mix of historic residential wood-frame houses predating the Civil War, alongside Italian-inspired and vintage mansions, charming carriage houses, factory loft conversions, elegant brownstones, mid-rise apartment buildings and brick row houses. Many of these dwellings have been lovingly restored and transformed into spacious single-family homes.
Clinton Hill is a charming enclave and feels like a real neighborhood where kids ride their bikes along tree-lined streets and brand new homes stand proudly beside Victorian mansions. This diverse housing market is where Brooklyn’s history meets the artistic energy this area is known for.
Clinton Hill restaurants
Whether you desire a gluten-free vegan burger, or an Angus beef steak with all the trimmings, you’ll find whatever you’re raving in this Brooklyn neighborhood. Your biggest problem is choosing whether to choose down-home cafes serving heaping plates of comfort food, or upscale vegetarian nouveau cuisine. Clinton Hills has it all.
Your first or last stop should be Urban Vintage. This café is described as "a meeting place for all that is beautiful and delicious." Here, you can eat locally sourced comfort food and shop for one-of-a-kind vintage jewelry and other unique finds, such as handmade stationery, all under the same roof.
Alice's Arbor, a seasonal American restaurant/grocery/café sits on the border of Clinton Hill and Bed-Stuy and specializes in locally sourced farm-to-table fare. The atmosphere is as great as the food: rustic pallet wood creates a warm and earthy aesthetic. You can share the kale salad with roasted almonds, apples, avocado, pomegranates, and pecorino as your starter.
If you aren't concerned about your gluten intake or calories, try Bergen Bagels, with three Brooklyn locations, where goods are freshly baked around the clock on the premises. They even offer fresh homemade cream cheeses, such as walnut raisin, that taste divine with a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee.
Clinton Hill events
Since 1976, The Society for Clinton Hill has sponsored house tours and other events and remains devoted to the upkeep and maintenance of this beloved neighborhood. This is your opportunity to meet your future neighbors and participate in a town hall meeting or fundraiser.
Clinton Hill is conveniently close to the grassy slopes and deciduous trees of Fort Greene Park. This welcoming space features a running track, playgrounds and a Saturday farmers market. The Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership (MABP) hosts a weekly Community Corner series on the northeast plaza from July 23 to October 15. Meet local farmers and sample their products, and along with residents, share and taste healthy recipes and learn about grocery options in the area.
Here too stands the Pratt Institute, the undisputed neighborhood centerpiece, with its brick pathways braiding through an outdoor sculpture garden, the largest of its kind in the entire city. The Institute hosts events year round including exhibitions and continuing education classes.
Clinton Hill nightlife
Are you looking for the best neighborhood bar in Brooklyn? The Emerson, winner of the best neighborhood Brooklyn bar in 2015, is a neighborhood hangout that offers pool, games, barbecues and drinks. Set amid art-deco furnishings with old-school charm, you can actually smoke outside in the large backyard.
Clinton Hill's Mekelburg’s is utterly unique. Shop for gourmet groceries in the front and party in the back. This basement-level culinary hideout combines bar and backyard picnic seating serving 16 local beers on tap and delightful delicacies such as caviar and crème fraîche baked potato.
The Mayflower is where a Fitzgerald novel meets your Friday night fantasies. A tiny cocktail bar with banquette seating and two-tops, the Mayflower is favored for its hand-stirred cocktails served in a cozy, intimate setting. This is where to sip a martini while waiting for your table next door at Aita – run by the same owners as The Mayflower – and known for its elegant, traditional Italian fare.
Clinton Hill's history
Clinton Hill's roots date back to the 1840's, when it was considered in vogue for Brooklyn’s social elite. Residents were attracted to the area because of the common belief that areas with higher elevation were healthier because they placed people literally above the squalor and illness supposedly only found at lower elevations.
For this reason and others, many millionaires of the time – including Pratt Institute namesake and oil magnate Charles Pratt – built magnificent mansions, many of which still stand today, preserved by the Clinton Hill Historic District.
The continued expansion and growth of the area has shaped some of the legendary artists of the borough: Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe were roommates on Hall Street, a block away from where Walt Whitman wrote Leaves of Grass on Ryerson Street.
JUICY by Notorious BIG
""Spread love, it's the Brooklyn way" A quote from the song "Juicy" by the famous rapper Notorious BIG aka Biggie Smalls who grew up at on St. James Place in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn."
What's In The Area: Clinton Hill
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