Introducing Fort Greene
One-of-a-kind, touched by history and utterly charming, Fort Greene is much like a delightful find in the Brooklyn Flea market that lures cool-seeking New Yorkers to this neighborhood.
Named after a lush and verdant park that was once an American Revolutionary War-era fort, it is the quintessential Brooklyn neighborhood. Its tree-shaded streets are peppered with architectural gems, from lovingly preserved Italianate brownstones to elegant Art Deco-style buildings. Art school kids and jazz musicians mingle with stroller-pushing young professionals in the Greenmarket, while creative souls from all corners of the world sidle up next to each other for artisanal cocktails and truffle popcorn at the bar.
A melting pot in the truest sense, the rapidly growing restaurant scene serves up locally-sourced 'New American' fare but also South African bunny chow (a dish involving a hollowed out load of bread, and curry) and Caribbean soul food.
The neighborhood is suffused with an artistic spirit, influenced by leading design school the Pratt Institute and performing arts hub Brooklyn Academy of Music. Just a quick 15-minute subway ride from Manhattan, it is ranked first among the most livable neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Distances to airports
By car (without traffic): JFK – 30 mins | LaGuardia – 20 mins
Distances to Manhattan
By subway: Soho – 30 mins | Times Square – 30 mins | Central Park – 40 mins
Our hosts recommend
Best known for
Fort Greene Park
Which includes the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument honouring the sacrifice of some 11,500 patriots during the American War of Independence.
Who penned odes and editorials instrumental in establishing his cherished Fort Greene Park
Filmmaker Spike Lee
Whose production headquarters are housed in the neighborhood of his youth