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In 1638, the Dutch West India Company secured a large land deed from the local Lenape people. Later, in 1661, Peter Stuyvesant charted the area that would have contained the modern-day communities of Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint as Boswijck, meaning “little town in the wood” in 17th-century Dutch.
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.
During the American War of Independence, British soldiers removed the top of a hill named “Cobleshill” to prevent it from being used by American soldiers to look down upon their Brooklyn Heights headquarters. Since then, this hill has become the site of a small neighborhood comprising only 40 city blocks that has seen considerable growth and increased affluence throughout its history.
While every Brooklyn neighborhood has its own unique history, few are as interesting as Crown Heights. Situated in the heart of Brooklyn and bordered by Prospect Heights, Lefferts Garden, Clinton Hill, Brownsville, Flatbush, Bedford-Stuyvesant, East Flatbush and East New York, this cultural melting pot has been forged by a variety of individuals from many different backgrounds. Delineated by Washington, Atlantic and Howard Avenues, as well as Empire Boulevard, Crown Heights encompasses a generous central swath of Brooklyn.
This centrally located neighborhood in Queens has quite the history. Officially established in 1906 by Brooklyn attorney and Queensboro bridge developer, Cord Meyer, Forest Hills began as a farmland purchase consisting of 600 acres of land. The beautiful and exclusive, Forest Hill Gardens, was founded in 1909 by Margaret Sage and was modeled after the garden communities of England. As a result, Forest Hills is abundant with Tudor-style homes.
As a New York City designated Historic District, it’s no surprise that Fort Greene boasts beautifully preserved architecture. Throughout this neighborhood, you’ll find several types of architecture that maintain their historical integrity from small, sophisticated housing units to large iconic buildings like the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, which was the tallest building in Brooklyn for over 8 decades.
Harlem has become synonymous with integral movements in music, literature, dance and art. From Minton’s and the Cotton Club to the infamous Apollo Theater, Harlem is home to countless venues, some with roots that reach back to the Roaring 20s. Flanked east and west by the Hudson and Harlem Rivers, and running from 110th Street to 155th Street, Harlem is bordered by the Washington Heights and Morningside Heights (home to Columbia University) neighborhoods.
As property values soar across the five boroughs of New York City, many are setting their sights across the Hudson River at what has been recently called “the sixth borough,” Jersey City. While the Wall Street crowd has long been attracted to the promise of cheaper rents and a speedy ride into the city, Jersey City has shaken off previous misconceptions and is rapidly becoming a premier place to live and play for people of all backgrounds and walks of life.
Perched atop the New Jersey Palisades, overlooking Hoboken and the Manhattan skyline, Jersey City Heights is becoming a go-to spot for new residents and tourists alike. Once known as Hudson City, the Heights was previously an independent municipality that formally became part of Jersey City in 1870. Offering luscious green parks, the Riverview Arts District and bustling thoroughfares dotted with shops and restaurants, it’s clear the Heights is making its name as a premier destination.
If you ask Brooklynites for a quintessential Brooklyn neighborhood, you might be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t mention Park Slope. Bordered by Boerum Hill to the west, Prospect Heights to the north, Greenwood Cemetery to the south, and Prospect Park to the east, Park Slope is one of Brooklyn’s largest and most diverse neighborhoods.
Welcome to the trendiest neighborhood in Brooklyn. You’ll be hard pressed to walk down one of the gorgeous tree-lined streets without finding a quaint café, a posh boutique or a charming watering hole. Major chains have set up shop next to small businesses and long-time music venues. Spend a day in Williamsburg and discover the thriving art scene, the home to the HBO series, Girls, and any number of seriously good eateries.
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