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Living in Greenwood Heights

For residents living in Greenwood Heights, leisure and peace are just a part of daily life. This serene neighborhood is bordered by Prospect Avenue to the north, 38th Street to the south, 20th Street and MacDonald Avenue to the east and Green-Wood Cemetery to the west. Here, it's all about the views: the neighborhood earned the "Heights" moniker for its elevation over the rest of Brooklyn's enclaves, and it provides plenty of top-tier glimpses of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and Prospect Park. Greenwood Heights is served by the N and D express lines, as is located on the R line.

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There’s a palpable sense of community in Greenwood Heights; residents know one another by name and shop owners issue pleasantries at first glance. Once primarily residential, Greenwood Heights has evolved into an even more energetic space. Cute cafés and boutiques dot Sixth Avenue, where even the development of more and more businesses hasn’t quelled the intimate, close-knit community feel.

Greenwood Heights real estate

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Greenwood Heights real estate is a burgeoning business due to the plentiful homes and apartments in development. Homebuyers will find that Greenwood Heights condos for sale are quite modern, and even luxurious. Although new, the developments fit in well with the area’s long-standing single and multi-family homes, and wooden-framed row houses.

Sixth Avenue is home to some of the neighborhood’s most exclusive properties, including multi-story townhomes with basements and large yard space. Sunset Park, meanwhile, offers a hint of the higher end of Greenwood Heights luxury rentals, with many of the properties reflecting modern trends with a hint of rustic influence. Look for pre-war Greenwood Heights apartments, too, whose interiors maintain their original details.  

Greenwood Heights history

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Greenwood Heights was one of the main sites of the Battle of Brooklyn during the Revolutionary War in August of 1776. In fact, this was the first battle fought in the wake of the signing of the Declaration of independence, and it’s commemorated annually in Greenwood Heights with a series of reenactment activities.

The battle began when British soldiers attacked Americans who were defending the Red Lion Inn, which stood on the site that is now the southwest corner of Green-Wood Cemetery.

The cemetery itself was developed in 1838 and quickly became known for its ornate sculptures and rich greenery. It earned itself a reputation as a fashionable tourist destination as well as a prestigious resting place, thanks to its elaborate facades and remarkable landscapes.

Greenwood Heights restaurants

Some of the best meals in Brooklyn can be found at Lot 2, an industrial-chic restaurant whose hearty burgers made from grass-fed beef, are the stuff of local legend. Pizza lovers, meanwhile, flock to redbrick Toby’s Public House, whose menu includes everything from hearty pies and pastas to salads and sweet calzone for dessert.

Entering the quirky Sea Witch Tavern is a bit like being underwater. An impressive tank filled with tropical fish illuminates a mahogany bar, while a back patio is dotted with fishponds. Cocktails, beer and hearty sandwiches make it one of the most vibrant restaurants in the neighborhood. Another local favorite is Giuseppina’s Brick Oven Pizza, a spinoff of famed Lucali in Carroll Gardens. Warm lighting, exposed brick walls and hardwood floors give the eatery a cozy feel, while a menu strictly composed of pizzas and calzones draws regulars.

Big John’s Coffee Shop & Grill fulfills diner cravings for any resident of Greenwood Heights. Hearty breakfasts, fresh bagels and oversized sandwiches are the norm at this charmingly casual corner cafe. Situated near Green-Wood Cemetery, Ines Bakery is a bright spot that’s all about pastries: freshly baked sheet cakes fill the glowing glass cases, while quesadillas, enchiladas, pupusas and tortas are only an order away. Just a few doors down, Spiro’s Cafe Pizza serves up affordable, quick meals like breakfast sandwiches, salads overflowing with vegetables and generously sized burritos.

Greenwood Heights attractions

The Green-Wood Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was given the National Historic Landmark honor in 2006. On 478 acres, the vast land is dotted with ponds and hills and is home to fascinating relics, including a series of catacombs that are only open once a year, stunning war memorial monuments, a Gothic Revival-style chapel dating from 1911 and the elaborately constructed brownstone gate that looks straight out of a fairy tale.

Greenwood Heights shopping

Greenwood Heights shopping options are largely service-oriented. There are appliance stores, barber shops, laundromats, mechanic shops and intimate corner grocery stores with delis. Many residents venture 10 minutes north into the Park Slope neighborhood for a selection of shopping malls and boutiques.

Greenwood Heights nightlife

Greenwood Park is one of the most popular nightlife options in the neighborhood, thanks to its 13,000-square-foot space that was once a gas station. It’s a mixed-use establishment that includes a restaurant with indoor and heated outdoor seating, a bar, beer garden and an event area. There are even several bocce ball courts here in addition to an exterior cargo bar. Over 60 beers on tap are available, along with a selection of wine, ciders and creative cocktails made with jalapeño-infused tequila, vodkas sweetened with tea, and cold-brew coffee blended with Jameson. Happy hour goes from noon to 7 p.m. After hours, it’s open to patrons ages 21 and up and is the place to be, with a complete sound system and a DJ spinning the latest tracks.



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"Baked in Brooklyn Bakery Store - located across the street from historic Greenwood Cemetery is just what Greenwood Heights needed. Be sure to stop in for a cup of coffee (Stumptown I might add) and a fresh bagel or a artisan sandwich for lunch! "
Patrice Mack
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