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 Cafe, nestled snugly on a brownstone block, Outpost Cafe, 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 isnt 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 Mikes Coffee Shop which has been there for more than 70 years.
Its one of those neighborhoods that you cant 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.