Clinton Hill Neighborhood Review
The beautiful historic district of Clinton Hill has benefitted from the gentrifying spillover of Fort Greene, its "sister" neighborhood, by the restoration of its numerous stately historic mansions and townhouses, the insurgence of great restaurants and boutique shops.
It shares a close diverse demographic to Fort Greene as well as the ambiance of the neighborhood. The grand trees, gorgeous brownstones, and small shops will make you feel like you're nowhere near Manhattan.
The neighborhood is also littered with playgrounds making this is a very kid-friendly and family-friendly area.
Clinton Hill is also the home to Pratt University and it's sculpture park campus, open to the public, as well as St Joseph's College.
From its position, there's easy access to Fort Greene Park and great establishments forming in the adjacent Bed-Stuy area.
Fun Fact: Late rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s old apartment in this area has been listed for $725K. The area has come a long way since his lyrics depicting the neighborhood as dangerous and run-down.
Celebrities that lives in Clinton Hill neighborhood:
|Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis||Actress, Model, Producer, Director, Activist and Socialite & Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter|
The G and A/C lines run through Lafayette and Fulton Street, respectively in Clinton Hill, with several bus lines like the B62 and B54 running through the neighborhood to destinations like DUMBO, Williamsburg, and Downtown Brooklyn.
The B69 will conveniently take you to Grand Army Plaza and Prospect Park. You also the choice of biking, as this is great area with lots of bike paths, including Citi-Bike stations.
|Subways||G, A, C|
|Buses||B26, B38, B48, B52, B54, B57, B62, B69|
To experience many of Clinton Hill's amazing restaurants, you'll need to make your way to Myrtle and Dekalb Avenues.
Other great spots are Greene Avenue, Grand Ave, and Fulton Street to get your eating and drinking fill.
You'll find the usual ethnic fare like Thai, Mexican, Japanese, and Middle Eastern, but the neighborhood offers stellar choices for modern American and modern Italian.
Some places to try are Mekelburgs, Sisters, Dosa Royale, Aita, The Finch, and Bar Bolinas.
The neighborhood is also chock full of mom-n-pop coffee shops, boutique wine shops, and baristas (although there is a Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts in the area).
When night falls, there is no shortage of watering holes with anything from pub-style with craft beers to swanky vintage cocktail bars.
Average Rent Prices
With high demand for housing and low supply in this area, the prices are climbing year after year. People were flocking to this area as a compromise to more expensive Fort Greene next door.
People are still flocking, but deals are growing scarcer and prices can be comparable to Fort Greene.
You might be able to find better bargains closer to Park and Flushing Avenues, closer to the BQE and the Navy Yard.
The majority of properties in the neighborhood are brownstone and mansion units.
However, there has been a lot of new developments opening in the area with luxury prices. Some of the larger buildings opening up, towards Myrtle Avenue, offer a myriad of amenities once not seen in this area.
It's also given rise to a record number of new retail businesses opening up in those areas.
|Studio||1 Bedroom||2 Bedrooms||3 Bedrooms|
Public & Charter Schools
Clinton Hill falls primarily within the borders of school geographical district 13, although a small chunk does fall within district 14.
Although PS 11 is the largest of the elementary schools, it still maintains a great student to teacher ratio and continues to produce consistently high test scores.
While PS 20 is technically housed in Fort Greeene, it also serves some of Clinton Hill that falls within its zoning district.
Because of the small number of public schools in the area, there are a fair amount of charter school filling the need in the neighborhood.
The newest comer is Brooklyn Prospect Charter School's Clinton Hill campus for its middle school, slated for a brand new building at 300 Fulton Street.
|Benjamin Banneker Academy||Public - Grades 9-12|
919 students - 21 student/teacher
|Community Partnership Charter School||Charter - Grades K-8|
403 students - 13 student/teacher
|Leadership Preparatory Brownsville Charter School||Charter - Grades K-6|
571 students - Unknown student/teacher
|Ps 11 Purvis J Behan||Public - Grades PK-5|
806 students - 14 student/teacher
|Brooklyn Prospect Charter School Clinton Hill Middle School||Charter - Grades 6-8|
97 students - 14 student/teacher
|Ps 270 Johann Dekalb||Public - Grades PK-5|
151 students - 13 student/teacher
|Ps 56 Lewis H Latimer||Public - Grades PK-5|
230 students - 10 student/teacher