City Living: Historic Clinton Hill is undergoing a change
A walk down any of its streets or avenues shows that the historic, residential Clinton Hill is rapidly undergoing a change.
Restaurants, bars, bakeries and boutiques continue to pop up along its main corridors, Myrtle Avenue and Fulton Street, ushering in a charm to roads that were once deemed too dangerous by residents.
And tucked away on residential streets one can find a number of relatively new coffee shops like Clinton Park Café, nestled snugly on a brownstone block, Outpost Café, and Urban Vintage.
But though many new businesses have set up shop in the last 10 to 15 years, some long-timers remain — a testament that the community isn’t giving in so easily in to gentrification. Some of those businesses include the Clinton Hill Simply Art and Framing Gallery, which has been around for more than 21 years and Mike’s Coffee Shop which has been there for more than 70 years.
“It’s one of those neighborhoods that you can’t describe with one brush stroke,” said Benjamin Wilchfort, owner and manager of Brooklyn Suites, a company at 464 Classon Ave. that rents out furnished apartments to corporate travelers.
Named after the sixth governor of New York DeWitt Clinton, the tree-lined blocks in this nabe are adorned with majestic brownstones, historic mansions and Victorians.
Need To Know
Clinton Hill sits between Fort Greene and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Its northern boundary is Flushing Avenue and the Brooklyn Navy Yard and its southern boundary is Atlantic Avenue. From east to west it stretches from Vanderbilt Avenue to Classon Avenue. More »
This tiny eatery’s specialty is its variety of gourmet mac and cheese, including the BK classic mac and the Mac Daffy, with smoked duck.
This southern fusion restaurant is a big hit in the neighborhood, serving up a mix of Cajun/Creole, barbecue and soul food.
One of the quaint coffee and tea spots in Clinton Hill, Urban Vintage is loved for its cozy character with lots of natural light. They also sell jewelry, housewares and other novelties.
Green in BKLYN
Green in BKLYN caters to those living or wanting to adapt an eco-friendly lifestyle. Recycled paper and biodegradable products, as well as hypoallergenic and organic products are some of what’s offered.
Leisure Life NYC
For the dapper gentleman with a taste for unique style, Leisure Life NYC will most likely supply what’s needed. The choices of vintage shirts, jackets, hats, jewelry and home accessories ensure a well put together outfit and living space.
BLDG 92: Brooklyn Navy Yard Center
The Brooklyn Navy Yard spans a few neighborhoods including Clinton Hill. BLDG 92, located just outside of Clinton Hill in Fort Greene, is the yard’s new museum. Filled with a rich historical record of New York City’s well-known ship yard, which played a pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution, BLDG 92’s “Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present and Future” exhibit is a must-see. Admission is free
This gallery/performance space promises a sweet experience. The multiuse venue got its start from a Kickstarter campaign created by former Pratt student, Todd Triplett. The aim is to showcase underexposed artists to underexposed audiences.
Pratt Sculpture Park
The entire Brooklyn campus of The Pratt Institute is a sculpture park — the largest in New York City, according to the school. A range of sculptures from artists like Robert Indiana and Dorothy Frankel grace the 25-acre campus grounds.