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About the Neighborhood


Clinton Hill has been called a neighborhood in transition. Once thought of as “west Bed-Stuy,” this eclectic, pedestrian-friendly ‘nabe has lately been giving off “east Fort Greene” vibes. Comprised of apartment buildings, stately mansions, historic brownstones and brick rowhouses—with Pratt Institute set as the centerpiece—Clinton Hill offers a laid-back atmosphere that appeals to both students and business professionals.

With roots back to the 1840s, Clinton Hill has long been a fashionable waypoint for Brooklyn’s social elite, traveling to Manhattan Island by stagecoach. Common belief held that areas of higher elevation were healthier because they positioned people above the squalor and illness at lower elevations. Not surprisingly, many millionaires of the time (Including Pratt Institute namesake Charles Pratt) established large mansions in Clinton Hill, many of which still stand today, preserved by the Clinton Hill Historic District. Not far away, huge brick relics of the industrial age have been reformatted into trendy lofts and apartments that offer affordable options for the student population.

One thing you’re sure to find in Clinton Hill is an affable sense of personality. Sidewalk cafes prefer handwritten chalk signs to blazing neon bulletins, bicyclists leisurely pedal down beautiful streetscapes (more than 20 Citi bike stations can be found in the area), and affordability meets accessibility in a place that feels artsy and cool, without being overwrought.

Transportation


Pick up the A and C trains at the Washington-Clinton station and anticipate a 35-minute trip on the C to reach Midtown Manhattan. The G train, which does not go to Manhattan, runs along Lafayette Avenue. Local buses include the B38 along DeKalb and the B54 along Myrtle. Motorists have ready access to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway.

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Restaurants


Clinton Hill’s restaurant scene is reminiscent of its eclectic personality. Here, you’ll find tried and true eateries with long histories alongside hot, new restaurants opening their doors for the first time. Don’t worry about your stomach being bigger than your wallet. This neighborhood offers great food for every budget thanks to a growing mix of brand-new casual joints offering convenient chow that’s anything but fast food.
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Marietta 285 Grand Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 638-9500
http://www.bcrestaurantgroup.com/marietta
Alice’s Arbor 549 Classon Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 399-3003
http://www.alicesarbor.com
Castro’s 511 Myrtle Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 398-1459

Nightlife


Looking for the best neighborhood bar in Brooklyn? You’ll find it at The Emerson, the 2015 Brooklyn bracket winner. Located on Myrtle Avenue, The Emerson is a little like a community center that offers pool, games, barbecues and booze. This mix has made it a favorite for the past five years with everybody from artists and students to working pros.

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Tip Top Bar and Gril 432 Franklin Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 857-9744
https://www.facebook.com/tiptopbarandgrill
Moot Bar 579 Myrtle Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 638-3982
http://www.mootbar.com
The Fulton Grand 1011 Fulton St,
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 399-2240
https://www.facebook.com/thefultongrand
Mirrors On Grand 284 Grand Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 622-2277
http://www.facebook.com/mirrorsongrand
Doris 1088 Fulton St,
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 240-3350

Entertainment


Though primarily a residential neighborhood, Clinton Hill offers fun, quality shopping if your tastes tend toward unique small businesses. Similarly, while no single large park dominates the area, several smaller green spots stipple the area offering shade and playgrounds. For the full park experience, make tracks to Fort Green Park, a Brooklyn favorite during warm months and the site of the Great PUPkin Festival, a huge dog costume contest in October.

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Fort Greene Park Washington Park & St Edward St,
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 965-8900
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fort-greene-park
Su’juk 216 Greene Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 223-4707
http://www.su-juk.com
Green in BKLYN 432 Myrtle Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 855-4383
http://www.greeninbklyn.com

Pratt Institute


Whether you are an incoming student or just a local resident of Brooklyn, New York, there are many places to tour on the Pratt Institute Campus. From lush gardens, abstract sculptures, to historical landmarks, there is always an excuse to explore on the college grounds.
VISIT PRATT'S SCULPTURE GARDEN
Pratt Institute Sculpture Garden 200 Willoughby Ave,
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(718) 636-3600
The Library Built in 1896, this library features
architecture and floors made by the
Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company.
The Rose Garden Great spot to hang out and relax
while taking in lush flowers and
beautiful sculptures.
The Engine Room Take in a historic steam engine once used to power the institute. Now, this is a great location for a book or quick cat nap with the institutes many cats.

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