Named after a fort in the American Revolutionary War, Fort Greene sits in northwest Brooklyn. Fort Greene experienced gentrification in the early 2000s, which brought in an influx of new residents and businesses, which made is one of the greatest examples of Brooklyn’s economic and racial diversity.
Fort Greene’s home market features an astonishing variety of architecture from the early 1900s. With brownstones and classic Victorian and French colonial houses, Neo-Grecian public buildings and ornate apartment houses, this nabe is an architectural treasure-house. The recent changes in zoning, and efforts by the community councils, have made the Fort Greene area even more vibrant and attractive. Boosted by renovation of many existing brownstones and other low-rise residential space, and significant new condo development, the neighborhood's economy is exploding.
The centerpiece of the area is the 30-acre Fort Greene Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, and completed in the mid-19th century. The park features a playground and tennis courts, as well as the 148-foot-tall Prison Ship Martyrs' Monument. Nearby 10-acre Commodore J. Barry Park is the oldest park in the borough. One of New York City's most famous cultural attractions is located in Fort Greene. The Brooklyn Academy of Music complex offers a variety of entertainment, including theater and opera performances, classic movies, and diverse dance programs. Across the plaza from the BAM is the world-renowned Mark Morris Dance Institution. A few blocks away, in Clinton Hill, is the Pratt Institute, one of the leading art schools, which offers programs in art, architecture, design, writing, and many other areas. This area is also famous for an abundance of educational institutions. Several famous colleges are located here - the Brooklyn Law School, the Polytechnic University, and the Brooklyn campus of the LIU. The Pratt Institute, located in the heart of Clinton Hill, is one of the nation's leading design colleges. Historic public schools, such as Brooklyn Technical, St. Joseph High, and George Westinghouse High, as well as over 30 other schools, complete the picture. Developed in the early 1900’s, this area features an astonishing variety of architecture.
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