Crown Heights

Brooklyn

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Crown Heights, a predominantly Caribbean and Hasidic Jewish neighborhood, is an up-and-coming area (read: quickly gentrifying), attracting a diverse group of young professionals and artists. Authentic Caribbean restaurants dot the streets and some small trendy bars and restaurants have opened, such as Franklin Park beer garden, which draws a mixed crowd from all over the ‘hood. Franklin Street is a main area for shopping and dining, home to the new Berg’n, a beer hall and gourmet food court (think ramen burgers and wood-fired pizza), which will also be the indoor home to Brooklyn Flea this winter. A new spirit of reconciliation is palpable in the community since Jewish and Black leaders joined forces to heal the hostility, which came to a boiling point during the 1991 riots. Stroll along Eastern Parkway, a two-way street with a pedestrian walkway and a park in the center and witness the prominent racial diversity and coexistence that once caused such a conflict -- it’s one of the most positive elements of living in the neighborhood. Check out Caribbean restaurant Gloria’s off the main drag for amazing seafood and head to the steps of the Brooklyn Museum to enjoy your island feast. Primarily a community of pre-war brownstones, Crown Heights has seen an uptick in the cost of living, the price of homes and the new wave of commercial establishments dotting the strip. Developers have descended and more than two dozen residential projects are in the works. Many will feature luxury amenities. While Crown Heights residents admit to having arbitrary borders separating the neighborhood from nearby Prospect Heights, Washington Avenue west of Nostrand and Prospect Park are known as the official dividing lines. By Melissa Kravitz

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

2
3
4
5
S

Buses:

B12
B14
B15
B17
B43
B44
B45
B46
B65

Rental Prices:

$1,142 ― $2,292

Sales Prices:

$274,000 ― $550,000

Landmarks:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Jewish Children's Museum, Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters

School Districts:

17

Police Precincts:

71 77

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  • chasingmatt
    December 15th 2014
    Lived here for a small stint one summer. Great revitalization happening in this neighborhood. Terrific bars, coffee shops, and an easy ride into Manhattan on the 4 train. Definitely worth checking out if you are interested in an up and coming Brooklyn neighborhood.

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