Located in the northwestern portion, Fort Greene is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York City. The area is surrounded by Clinton Hill from the east, Flushing Avenue from the north, Downtown Brooklyn from the west and Prospect Heights from the south. Well known for its tree-lined streets and 19th-century brownstones, Fort Greene is a historic NYC district.
The neighborhood is filled with multigenerational families with a mix of old and newcomers. For art lovers, Fort Greene is heaven. The primary zip codes of the neighborhood are 11201, 11205, 11217 and 11238. Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower which remained the tallest building in Brooklyn for 80 years also locates in Fort Greene.
According to the stats of 2010, the population of Fort Greene was 28,335 with a density of 20,000/km2 (52,000/sq mi). Almost half of the population here is White and the rest includes Asian, Black and Hispanic.
The Brooklyn Navy Yard, Clinton Hill, DUMBO, Prospect Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, Cobble Hill and Boerum Hill.
Fort Greene was named after the American Revolutionary Warfort which was built under the supervision of General Nathanael Greene in 1776. Initially, Fort Greene was known as ‘Washington Park’. After that Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux changed the name of the park to Fort Greene in 1864.
Famous for its low-rise housing, the neighborhood remained a hub of Italianate and Eastlake architecture in 19th century. In the mid-19th century, The New York Times and The Times reported the crime, poverty, public health crisis, and infant mortality rates of the neighborhood. However, by the end of the 19th century, the living standard improved Fort Greene became a beautiful residential area.
The neighborhood declined once again as poverty and crime rate increased but in the 1980s black artists worked hard to restore the respectable status of the area. It was the time when Fort Greene became home to African-American writers and filmmakers. Those looking for a new home were attracted by the brownstones of the neighborhood in 1999. The best thing about Fort Greene was its location as it was located near Manhattan.
With rich history and character, Fort Greene is a lovely neighborhood for the family owners. Enjoy live music and drink at Chez Oskar or Red Lantern Bicycle. Those looking for nightlife would not appreciate Fort Greene much as the neighborhood offers entertainment at a relaxed pace. Park lovers can head towards the nearby Fort Greene Park and shopping fans can spend time at Brooklyn Flea.
The neighborhood also attracts thought readers as Fort Greene is home to The Brooklyn Academy of Music, MoCADA and Greenlight Bookstores. Fort Greene has played a major role in the cultural and artistic movement of Brooklyn. Notable writers like John Steinbeck and Walt Whitman were the resident of Fort Greene.
Buildings – Flat or Tall?
Those looking to make Fort Greene their home will find plenty of brownstones, high-rises and several housing projects. The neighborhood is known as one of the best economically and culturally.