Though known for shaded sidewalks lined with 19th-century row houses, Fort Greene actually offers a wide array of residential property, including a considerable volume of new construction. High-rise condo buildings have sprung up here in recent years, offering wide terraces and sweeping views of Brooklyn and Manhattan. Top-tier amenities, like concierge service and even a cold-storage room for grocery delivery, are available in some Fort Greene homes. If you prefer vintage charm, there are of course plenty of historic row houses and brownstones available in Fort Greene at various degrees of renovation.
Fort Greene is well-situated for transit options, with one major hub on the western edge of the neighborhood — DeKalb Avenue station, a stop on the B, D, N, Q, R, and W lines. The nearby Nevins Street station provides access to the 2, 3,4, and 5 trains. Should you find the G line useful, it stops right in Fort Greene on Fulton Street at Lafayette Avenue. And of course, the major transit hub at Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center, with numerous train lines and Long Island Rail Road Access, sits just outside of the Fort Greene neighborhood proper.
As a primarily residential neighborhood, Fort Greene offers a fairly wide array of schools for students of all ages. The public Community Roots Charter School for grades K-7 enjoys a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10, and the Brooklyn Technical High School, which specializes in math and the hard sciences, earns a 9 out of 10 rating. As for private options, Greene Hill School offers a progressive education to students from pre-kindergarten through middle school, and The Co-Op School, though just outside Fort Greene in Clinton Hill, teaches kids from preschool through the elementary years. Numerous other academies in greater Brooklyn, like the college-prep Berkeley Carroll School, ensure that students won’t have to travel far as they move on in years.
Fort Greene is named for Fort Greene Park, the elevated center of which was once a Revolutionary War fortification. Now home to the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument, which commemorates the loss of American soldiers on several British prison ships, Fort Greene Park is mainly known as a pleasant and scenic respite from the action of central Brooklyn. There are playing fields aplenty, and a couple of tennis courts for more active recreation. On the northern edge of the neighborhood, Commodore Barry Park provides residents with lawns, ball fields, and a public swimming pool.
Restaurants and Bars
Fort Greene is becoming known as an excellent neighborhood for dining out in Brooklyn, with new arrivals offering the excitement and variety you’d expect in Manhattan and more trendy neighborhoods like Williamsburg. Gentleman Farmer is the premier purveyor of farm-to-table cuisine in the neighborhood, and has won the hearts (and the dollars) of plenty of locals. Olea is a favorite spot for Mediterranean tapas and brunch, and Prospect is a highly regarded new restaurant offering modern dishes in the American tradition.
You won’t suffer for a lack of interesting shopping options in Fort Greene — in part because it’s home to the main location of the world-famous Brooklyn Flea. There are also plenty of places to shop indoors. Boutiques like Cloth and Thistle & Clover are a draw for stylish residents everywhere; RePop is the neighborhood purveyor of vintage furniture and oddities; and the shelves at Saffron stock cute plants, flowers, and, yes, clothes. Green Grape Provisions brings the boutique sensibility to groceries, food and wine, but the presence of stores like Superior J&J and Stop and Shop means that all kinds of foodstuffs are close at hand in Fort Greene.
Landmarks and Culture
Fort Greene sits adjacent to the Brooklyn Cultural District, a planned concentration of creative institutions in the heart of the borough. The district’s anchor is the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which offers numerous live performances as well as films and other creative events. The nearby Pratt Institute ensures that there are plenty of young artists walking the streets, as well as student events. Theatre for a New Audience brings innovative and renowned presentations of Shakespeare and other classic dramas to the neighborhood. And there are many more performance organizations, rehearsal spaces, and studios on the way, all of which will be virtually on the doorstep of Fort Green’s fortunate residents.