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Characterized by low-rise homes and Italianate and Eastlake architecture, Fort Greene is home to a diverse mix of residents. This charming cultural neighborhood, formerly home to John Steinbeck and Al Capone, is located north of Prospect Park across from lower Manhattan.
Fort Greene is named after a fort built during the American Revolutionary War under the supervision of General Nathanael Greene. At the heart of the neighborhood lies Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn's first park, designed by Olmsted and Vaux following their completion of Central Park. Standing tall within the park is the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, which honors the 11,500+ patriots who died aboard British prison ships during the war.
In early 19th century, the U.S government purchased the land for the construction of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, leading to significant growth that helped remake Fort Greene into a small commuter enclave, known as the Hill.
Today, Fort Greene is home to residents of all walks of life. The area is an ideal location for those looking for a laid back, friendly atmosphere that balances the energy of the city with a warm cultural vibe.
Fort Greene proudly boasts the Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, one of Brooklyn's tallest buildings, and considered to be one of the 10 greatest skyscrapers in all of New York City. Additionally, one of its noteworthy residents, Spike Lee, established his 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks company in Fort Greene in the mid-1980s.
The neighborhood is a hub for cultural education with the Museum of the Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Residents and visitors enjoy spending the afternoon at the sprawling Fort Greene Park or searching for treasures at the Brooklyn Flea. For evening activities, Fort Greene is home to many local bars and hotspots, and is in close proximity to the Barclays Center. This charming neighborhood has a little something for everyone.