Introducing Prospect Heights
Combining the easy living of Park Slope with the vibrant, multi-faceted culture of Crown Heights, Prospect Heights is giving Brooklyn’s brethren of cool 'hoods a run for its money.
Perfectly placed along the north side of Prospect Park, 585 acres of green park space designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after they completed Manhattan’s Central Park, this leafy area is a seamless blend of old and new Brooklyn.
On one hand, 19th century brownstones line the tree-trimmed streets, home to families that have lived there for years. On the other, the area is flanked by new developments – the imposing Barclays Centre, home to the borough's (and Jay-Z's) basketball team, the Brooklyn Nets, looms on Atlantic Avenue with its silent promise of redevelopment and commerce, while on its southern park side border, a designer condo by Richard Meier and an organic farmer’s market every Saturday serve as constant reminders of the increasing affluence that is settling in the neighborhood.
Like most of Brooklyn, Prospect Heights is home to a multitude of restaurants and eateries that deliver quality grub and atmosphere, though here, there are neither the hoards of stroller-toting parents nor tattooed hipsters commonplace elsewhere.
Distances to airports
By car (without traffic): JFK – 25 mins | LaGuardia – 30 mins
Distances to Manhattan
By subway: Soho – 40 mins | Times Square – 40 mins | Central Park – 50 mins
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Tom’s is a Brooklyn institution. Queues run long and free on the weekends, but the staff do their best to keep waiting patrons happy with free coffee, orange slices and cookies, ample seating outside and piped music onto the street.
Brooklyn Museum of Art
With specialties in Egyptian, African and Oceanic antiquities as well as American art, the museum is best known for its populist approach to art, which has seen bastions of pop culture, such as hip hop music, mix in with the fine arts.