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Fort Greene

Fort Greene is a quiet but vibrant oasis in the midst of New York City. Located in the borough of Brooklyn, in the southwestern portion of the city, this neighborhood is best known for the lush greenery of Fort Greene Park. It is also sought after for its gorgeous brownstones, row houses, and walk-up buildings. But what really makes Fort Greene so special is a strong sense of community with annual festivals, fundraisers, and seasonal events. Considered an up-and-coming neighborhood in Brooklyn, Fort Greene might just be NYC’s best-kept secret.

Formerly known as Washington Park, the neighborhood gets its name from a fort built during theAmerican Revolutionary War in 1776 with Gen. Nathanael Greene’s supervision. Despite rapid growth and gentrification, the neighborhood has retained much of its history and character. This is evident in landmarks like the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument and remarkably preserved 19th century Italianate and Eastlake architecture throughout the neighborhood.

The neighborhood has a thriving arts community. Some of its past and current residents include filmmaker Spike Lee, musician Erykah Badu, and authors John Steinbeck and Walt Whitman. Highlights include Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn Flea, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Barclays Center, and Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). There is no shortage of cultural activities and events with the annual BAM R&B Festival, Fort Greene Park Jazz Festival, and Fort Greene Summer Literary Festival.

Although the area is primarily residential, residents have access to independently-owned shops, restaurants, and cafes along DeKalb and Myrtle avenues. These major thoroughfares are also lined with modern apartments offering spacious floor plans. Residents can shop for produce and artisanal goods at the Fort Greene Park Greenmarket, which is typically open on Saturdays.

Fort Greene is bordered by the adjoining communities of Boerum Hill, Clinton Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, and Vinegar Hill. The neighborhood is accessible via Atlantic and Grand Central Station.

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