Fort Greene/Clinton Hill
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One of New York City’s most famous cultural attractions is located in Fort Greene. The Brooklyn Academy of Music complex offers a variety of entertainment, including theater and opera performances, classic movies, and diverse dance programs. Across the plaza from the BAM is the world-renowned Mark Morris Dance Institution. A few blocks away, in Clinton Hill, is the Pratt Institute, one of the leading art schools, which offers programs in art, architecture, design, writing, and many other areas.
This area is also famous for an abundance of educational institutions. Several famous colleges are located here – the Brooklyn Law School, the Polytechnic University, and the Brooklyn campus of the LIU. Historic public schools, such as Brooklyn Technical, St. Joseph High, and George Westinghouse High, as well as over 30 other schools, complete the picture.
Developed in the early 1900’s, this area features an astonishing variety of architecture. With brownstones and classic Victorian and French colonial houses, Neo-Grecian public buildings and ornate apartment houses, Fort Greene is an architectural treasure-house. The recent changes in zoning, and efforts by the community councils, have made the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area even more vibrant and attractive. Boosted by renovation of many existing brownstones and other low-rise residential space, and significant new condo development, the neighborhood’s economy is exploding. New businesses are opening up along the main commercial corridors, among them art venues and production studios. The neighborhood is being used as a backdrop in major Hollywood motion pictures, as well as many independent studio productions.
A multitude of ethnic restaurants and cafes is lighting up the nightlife. Traditional commercial zones, such as Lafayette, Fulton, Myrtle, and DeKalb Avenues, are being converted into mixed-use corridors, providing space for small businesses as well as entertainment. Between the influx of business, the growing art community, and the expansion and restoration of living space, the quality of life and the neighborhood’s economy are sure to grow for years to come.
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