Residents of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens call it “Brooklyn’s best-kept secret.” Flying under the radar of higher-profile nabes, this area is home to lush, leafy streets, a spectacular collection of intact 19th and 20th century homes, and access to the borough’s biggest green space, Prospect Park. Welcome to the Upper West Side of Brooklyn.
QUIET & SERENE
PARKS & RECREATION
WHAT TO EXPECT
Front-row seats to Brooklyn’s biggest park and an easy commute.
Young and lively, with an exciting, diverse dining scene.
The smorgasbord of food-shopping options.
A secluded stock of classic, affordably-priced Brooklyn homes.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH
A lush, elegant retreat from the tumult of city life.
QUIET & SERENE
PARKS & RECREATION
LOCATED IN BROOKLYN, NYC
East to West Boundaries:
Classon Ave. to Vanderbilt Ave.
North to South Boundaries:
Flushing Ave. to Atlantic Ave.
Fort Greene, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Prospect Heights
AROUND THE BLOCK
PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS:
A parkside hideaway with a bounty of historic homes.
Originally the property of gentleman farmer James Lefferts, the area became a destination for the wealthy in the 19th century, leading to the creation of the neighborhood’s stock of beautiful homes. As those residents moved out, a more diverse population moved in; today, Prospect-Lefferts Garden is the locus of Caribbean-American culture in Brooklyn. It’s become a magnet for young families who love the porches and backyard gardens that many properties offer.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
A stimulating cultural and intellectual scene amidst beautiful, green environs.
Thanks to the presence of two schools—Pratt Institute and St. John’s College—Clinton Hill benefits from a rich intellectual and cultural climate. Previous residents include famous writers and artists like Walt Whitman, Patti Smith, and Mos Def. Students, young professionals, and families flock to the growing selection of acclaimed bars and restaurants. Proximity to both Fort Greene Park and Prospect Park means a tree-shaded run or a picnic is never far-off.
Browse the famed Brooklyn Flea on weekends, picnic in one of the nearby parks, or catch a talk at Pratt.
Walk along the beautiful Clinton Avenue or the main retail corridor, Myrtle Avenue, and you’ll find young parents pushing strollers, artists in paint-splattered clothes, and students enjoying an alfresco meal. One of the borough’s great attractions, the Brooklyn Flea, is located here, offering eclectic vintage clothes and delicious bites on weekend mornings. Take a stroll through the brick walkways of the Pratt Institute and keep an eye out for the “Pratt Cats” — a troupe of famous show felines who go where they please and double as school mascots.
Despite its youthfulness, Clinton Hill remains appealingly low-key and easy-going.
Despite the youthful energy of the neighborhood, there’s not much of the noise or hectic energy that come with similarly popular neighborhoods. Locals love the peaceful nature of Clinton Hill, and they aim to preserve it.
Traditional brownstones, majestic mansions, and wood-frame houses are among the many architectural treasures of this neighborhood.
You’ll find a greater diversity of architectural styles here than elsewhere in Brooklyn: everything from 19th century wood-frame houses to Romanesque revival mansions to modernistic luxury rental buildings. Prices have been creeping up but there are still great deals to be found.
YOU'LL FALL IN LOVE WITH:
The friendly vibe, natural beauty, and stellar culinary and artistic offerings.
No longer a little brother to more desirable neighborhoods, Clinton Hill is a destination in its own right, home to a community full of pride. The air seems full of possibility and down every cobblestone street and around every corner, there’s a discovery waiting to be made. When Walt Whitman wrote of the “beautiful hills of Brooklyn,” he might well have had Clinton Hill in mind.