Moving, be it from out of state or while you’re already living here, can be a real pain. What makes Brooklyn’s neighborhoods different from each other, aside from different levels of being expensive? Well, we’ve got people who’ve lived all over this borough and are more than happy to share their insider neighborhood knowledge with you. First up: the bucolic brownstone streets of Fort Greene!
G to Fulton / Clinton Washington or C to Lafayette
Describe the neighborhood to someone new
If you wanted to live in the prettiest place possible near a park but still be semi-affordable – like you have a job but you can save some too. Once you live there you’re spending your weekends eating lobstor rolls at the Flea market and otherwise trying to find places to eat that are open past 10pm. So it’s kind of like a neighborhood that is figuring itself out, like you are, in your early 30s. Probably good for kids but not annoying if you don’t have any yet.
A lovely smattering of specialty food stores, cafes and cozy nook like restaurants. It’s not the cheapest, but Greene Grape Provisions on the corner of Fulton and the sister wine store up the street are two out three stops for your dinner party. Last up, stop at Stem for a tiny bunch of flowering blossoms for your table. On the weekend, the sidewalk on end of the Fort Greene park comes alive with the Farmer’s market and in the fall a bluegrass band will jam out at the entrance to the park. Like the most picturesque of Brooklyn neighborhoods, the brownstone lined streets are quaint and nice to walk along – especially in Spring when there are cherry trees in bloom.
Best cheap thing(s) to do
Get a sammy and an americano from Bittersweet and chill in the park. Sit outside at Olea for happy hour drinks and tapas between 4pm and 7pm on weekdays. Go to free readings at Greenlight bookstore on Fulton. Habana Outpost’s summer movie series stretches into the fall and always has great picks. And of course, there’s always Target at Atlantic Center if you need a reasonably priced pot or pan for your home.
There aren’t good trains to get to places like Union Square or the Upper East Side, so if you work there then you are committing to two trains or a long walk home.
7/10. Occasionally people get their phones stolen when they use it right when they exit the subway.
What do people say when you tell them you live there?
OH, IT’S BEAUTIFUL THERE!
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