City Living: Fort Hamilton
Fort Hamilton, located in the southwestern corner of Brooklyn, is a neighborhood where families go to settle down.
The residential streets and avenues lined with businesses provide the perfect combination of quiet and bustle, allowing residents to stay for generations since all their needs can be met in the area.
Taking its name from the nearby Fort Hamilton Army Garrison Base, the small enclave is geographically part of Bay Ridge but it maintains its autonomy.
“It is its own separate community -- always has been. People who I know refer to themselves as living in Fort Hamilton,” said Josephine Beckmann, the district manager of Community Board 10.
According to the local Community Board 10, Fort Hamilton, named after the founding father Alexander Hamilton, was built between 1825 and 1831 to protect New York from invasion by sea.
During the 1990s the fort faced closure by the federal government but was spared. Today, according to the board, the military base is the only active Army post in the metropolitan area. The site now provides services for military personnel and civilians, and hosts many family-friendly activities. It is also home to a senior citizen recreation center.
The neighborhood has its share of greenery with Shore Road Park at 92nd Street and Shore Road, and John Paul Jones Park, where the Fort Hamilton Cannon monument is found, at 101st Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway.
Houses in the area range from condo and co-op buildings, many along Shore Road, to Tudors, two-family homes and one-family detached homes along the quiet streets like Ridge Boulevard and 91st Streets.
Beckmann noted that some smaller homes along Fort Hamilton Parkway have given way to larger condo buildings in recent years.
"In the future I do see development in some pockets of the area," she said.
However, finding parking can be a challenge for some residents.
That being said, "it has always been a place where families come and place roots and become engaged in the community," Beckmann stressed. "I see more of that in the next 10 years; I think that's what people who move to this part of Brooklyn are looking for."
NEED TO KNOW
Fort Hamilton is situated in the southwestern end of Bay Ridge. Its northeastern boundary is 87th Street. Seventh Avenue and Poly Place mark its eastern boundary. The Belt Parkway serves as its western and southern boundaries. More »
R train to Bay Ridge 95th Street. B1, B8, B16, B63, B70, S53, S79, S93, X17, X27, X37 buses. More »
Brooklyn Public Library, Fort Hamilton, 9424 Fourth Ave. More »
Fort Hamilton Post Office, 8801 Fifth Ave. More »
The 68th Precinct at 333 65th St. covers Fort Hamilton. In 1990, there were 11 murders in the neighborhood, compared with one in 2012. There were 3,142 auto grand larcenies reported in 1990, which went down to 119 in 2013. For the week of Dec. 30, 2013, through Jan. 5, 2014, there were four robberies reported by the precinct, up from two in the same week in 2013. There were three burglaries reported during that week this year and last year. There were no rapes, murders or shooting victims or incidents reported that week in either 2013 or 2014. More »
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101 Restaurant and Lounge
Enjoy outdoor seating (in warm months) and views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at this well-loved neighborhood restaurant.
The name speaks for itself, as this diner offers bridge views in addition to an array of appetizers and entrees.
The Wicked Monk
Dine on Dublin crab cakes or sirloin beef sliders and sample any of the variety of craft beers while enjoying live music at this Irish pub.
Kitty Kiernans Lounge
This spacious well-loved neighborhood lounge offers live music, fireplaces that add a warm ambiance and a jukebox with classic rock hits.
This trendy spot’s warm lighting and eclectic décor make for a casual night out.
Catering to expecting and new mothers, Baby Mama offers a wide selection of baby and motherhood products with brands like Catbird, Babylegs, and Born Free! The boutique also offers classes for parents with babies.
Panda Ski and Sport
Known as Brooklyn's oldest ski shop, they supply everything from snowboards and skis to boots, apparel and professional boot fittings.
Heart to Heart Gifts & Collectibles
Find cards, collectables and gifts ranging from toys to jewelry boxes at this boutique.
Harbor Defense Museum
This museum exhibits historic material of Fort Hamilton and provides educational programs and services for audiences, military or civilian.
Fort Hamilton MWR Army Garrison
The historic Fort Hamilton, which is the neighborhood’s namesake, offers plenty of activities for families including casino night, bowling lanes and a comedy show on Valentine’s Day at 8 p.m.
Shore Road Park
Sit down and soak up the sun, ride, walk the dog or fish at this park, where views of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and the sunset are coveted.