City Living: Fort Greene has a cool vibe and a laissez faire attitude
Nestled between a park and the waterfront, the centuries-old Fort Greene neighborhood offers cultural diversity and accessibility.
Ask Cecilia Clarke how she likes living in Fort Greene and shell tell you that Fort Greene is the best place I have ever lived in my life. Ever.
I moved to Fort Greene ten years ago from Brooklyn Heights and within two weeks I had good friends on my block, the 51-year-old CEO of the Brooklyn Community Foundation said. I have never, ever experienced anything like that--the clusters of friendships up and down my street are amazing. And I love the sense of devotion to community that you find here.
JoAnn Ebanks, an agent with Citi Habitats, bought a home in Fort Greene 15 years ago.
When I graduated from Howard it seemed that all my friends were going straight to Fort Greene. There are lots of Brooklyn neighborhoods with great architecture but theres so much more to Fort Greene, she said. Its the people who add such a wonderful dimension. People come wanting community and they want a diverse community -- diverse racially and economically. And thats exactly what they get.
Rodney Ripps, 59, who is an agent with Halstead, agrees.
Fort Greene, where Ive lived for seven years, is the best reflection of all ethnicities and cultures, of rich and poor, he explained. I love the cool vibe, the laissez faire attitude among residents. And theres the supreme architecture: from what was once Brooklyns tallest building, the former Williamsburg Savings Bank, to the rows and rows of 19th century townhouses and wood frame gems.
And if thats not enough, he said, theres also the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) cultural district: arts galore at BAM itself, the BAM Cinema, the Mark Morris Dance Center, the Theater for the New Audience, the new BRIC House Art Center and Urban Glass workshop and just a few blocks away from BAM, the Irondale Theater.
The boundaries of the neighborhood are “a bit of a moving goal post” according to Phillip Kellogg, director of the three-year-old Fulton Area Business Alliance but he states with confidence that they are Vanderbilt Avenue to the East, Flatbush Avenue to the West, Atlantic Avenue to the South and the Navy Yard to the North. More »
Transportation More »
Walt Whitman Branch Library, 93 St. Edwards St., 718-935-0244 More »
The closest post office is the Pratt Station branch at 524 Myrtle Ave. It will lose its lease soon however, and its relocation address is not yet posted. More »
Fort Greene is served by the 88th Precinct at 298 Classon Ave. Its Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Scott Henderson, graduated Fort Greene's Brooklyn Tech High School in 1988 so he knows the area well. In his Precinct, crime is down 76% since 1990, almost 25% since 2001. More »