Apr 12, 2010

Prospect Heights - Best "New" Neighborhood in Brooklyn


Neighborhood Spotlight: Prospect Heights

While we all know that Prospect Heights isn't a new neighborhood at all, but it is rapidly shifting and becoming a place where the professional creative class is mixing with the diverse neighborhood locals to form a vibrant community. If you compare it to other neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Prospect Heights is intimate and notable for its cultural diversity, tree-lined streets exemplified, perfect location. It has a mixture of older buildings under reconstruction, rows of classic 1890s brownstones, and newly built luxury condominiums.

Some Bullets Summarized from Wikipedia
  • The name "Prospect Heights" can be traced as far back as 1889 to a letter to the editor published in the Brooklyn Eagle 
  • Largely an Italian, Jewish, and German neighborhood in the 1910s through the 1950s
  • Prospect Heights is currently well known for its mixed black and white culture.
  • Every year the West Indian Day Parade, the largest annual parade in New York City, follows Eastern Parkway, beginning in Crown Heights and ending at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights.
  • A thriving commercial zone has emerged along Vanderbilt Avenue, which in just the last few years has been the location for new bars, restaurants and specialty shops.
  • Because of the area's density of Italianate and Neo-Grec rowhouses, much of the neighborhood has been designated as a New York City historic district.
  • It is the fifth largest historic district in New York City.
  • To its north lies Fort Greene, to the south, Prospect Park, to its west, Park Slope and to its east, Crown Heights.
  • Atlantic Yards Project including Barclays Arena will form the Northern border from Faltbush to Vanderbilt along Atlantic.
 Some Prospect Heights Attractions
All in all, Prospect heights is on it's way to becoming the true cultural and creative center on Brooklyn and is the best place to spend a day (or two, or three) discovering. Do you live in or around Prospect Heights, what is your favorite thing about it?

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