Clinton Hill Neighborhood Review - Brooklyn Moving Guide

Ruth Shin

Ruth Shin

CITY

Brooklyn, New York
Editors Rating (3 stars out of 5)
5.8 Overall
Average Rent Prices 4
Public transportation 6
Schools 7
Lifestyle 8
Crime 4

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.

Some if Clinton Hill's charming spillover on the other hand, can clearly be seen in Bedford-Stuyvesant--especially as businesses and artisans get priced out of the neighborhood.

The grand trees, gorgeous brownstones, and small shops will make you feel like you're nowhere near Manhattan.

In this Clinton Hill neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

The neighborhood is littered with playgrounds making this is a very kid-friendly and family-friendly area.

Clinton Hill is also the home to Pratt Institute 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.

Local Buzz

Celebrities that lives in Clinton Hill neighborhood:

CelebrityNotes
Olivia Wilde & Jason SudeikisActress, Model, Producer, Director, Activist and Socialite & Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter
Adrian GrenierActor, Producer, Director, and Musician
Rosie PerezActress, Author, Dancer, and Choreographer
Ted AllenAuthor and TV Personality

Public Transportation

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.

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SubwaysG, A, C
BusesB26, B38, B48, B52, B54, B57, B62, B69

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • A C

    IND Eighth Avenue Line

  • S

    Shuttles

  • G

    IND Crosstown Line

Restaurants

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.

A noteworthy affordable and yet superb Japanese omakase can be found at U-gu, staffed by young and passionate sushi chefs.

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.

If you're looking to move, 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.

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedrooms3 Bedrooms
$2,080$2,450$3,090$4,030

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 Greene, 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.

SchoolsNotes
Benjamin Banneker AcademyPublic - Grades 9-12919 students - 21 student/teacher
Community Partnership Charter SchoolCharter - Grades K-8403 students - 13 student/teacher
Leadership Preparatory Brownsville Charter SchoolCharter - Grades K-6571 students - Unknown student/teacher
Ps 11 Purvis J BehanPublic - Grades PK-5806 students - 14 student/teacher
Brooklyn Prospect Charter School Clinton Hill Middle SchoolCharter - Grades 6-897 students - 14 student/teacher
Ps 270 Johann DekalbPublic - Grades PK-5151 students - 13 student/teacher
Ps 56 Lewis H LatimerPublic - Grades PK-5230 students - 10 student/teacher

How Safe is the Clinton Hill Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 6 of 10

Approximately 20.4910 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents

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