Brooklyn’s charming Fort Greene neighborhood is a designated historic district and the perfect weekend destination for art and culture lovers alike. Our list of what to do and see in Fort Greene only scratches the surface of this neighborhood’s rich cultural fabric, but provides a great introduction to the area’s top hotspots.
Fort Greene was originally known as ‘The Hill’, and served as a refuge for the elite class from the city’s grime and overcrowding. The construction of the Brooklyn Navy Yard stimulated growth in the area, and a ferry service linking this neighborhood to Manhattan made for an easy commute. The resulting influx of residents transformed the neighborhood from lavish country villas and farms to blocks of charming brownstone row houses for prosperous professionals – many of which can still be seen in their original state. Common architectural styles include Italianate, Neo-Grec and Greek Revival. Famous former residents include Walt Whitman, Spike Lee and Richard Wright. The best walk is down to DeKalb Avenue between the Pratt Institute Sculpture Park and Fort Greene Park.