Fort Greene Neighborhood Review - Brooklyn Moving Guide
Fort Greene is a vibrant, thriving, and diverse community only about 15 minutes from the city.
It also lies directly south of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which has many new and exciting commercial developments. There's access to the public for the first time in many decades.
In this Fort Greene neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent and sale prices.
This historic district's (along with its sister neighborhood Clinton Hill) streets are tree and brownstone-lined, which offer it a beautiful and quaint neighborhood feel.
Fort Greene is also home to the "Best Brownstone Street" in New York on S. Oxford Street, between Dekalb and Lafayette Aves.
It's a tight-knit community of entrepreneurs, artists, and film/TV-industry professionals, which includes people from all walks of life and different parts of the world.
Some points of interest include the monument for Prison Ship Martyrs in Fort Greene Park, the Brooklyn Masonic Temple, and Queen of All Saints Church.
It's a great neighborhood for both single professionals and families alike.
Fort Greene's community is also a microcosm of New York City's diversity all in one neighborhood!
Fun Fact: Originally built as Fort Putnam in 1776 under the supervision of Major General Nathanael Greene, Fort Greene is Brooklyn's oldest park designated by the city.
Average Rental Prices
If you're looking to move, Fort Greene, like much of North Brooklyn, apartments are on the pricey side. Rental prices will generally be lower than those in DUMBO or Williamsburg, but higher than areas like Bed-Stuy and Bushwick.
Apartment styles range anywhere from new luxury developments to charming historic brownstone apartments and enchanting garden units.
Because of the smaller size of this area compared to other neighborhoods, inventory tends to be on the lower end and residents tend to stay in the neighborhood long-term.
Average Rental Prices in Fort Greene
|Apartment Size||Average Mo. Price|
As far as transportation goes, you'll find the G, A/C line running through the neighborhood frequently.
It is also conveniently located by most major train hubs at Metrotech in Downtown Brooklyn and Atlantic Terminal.
Several bus lines run through the area also.
Fort Greene, in addition, is very bike-friendly with numerous bike lanes as well as Citi-Bike Stations set up all over the neighborhood.
Subway lines in neighborhood
- A C
IND Eighth Avenue Line
IND Sixth Avenue Line
IND Crosstown Line
- 4 5
IRT Lexington Avenue Line
- 2 3
IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line
BMT Broadway Line
|B69||Downtown Brooklyn Sands St via Vanderbilt|
|B62||Downtown Brooklyn Fulton Mall|
|B54||Myrtle Av/Prince St|
|B38||Downtown Brooklyn Tillary St|
Restaurants in Fort Greene
Fort Greene offers an amazing variety of cuisines from around the world such as Thai, South African, Vietnamese, Mediterranean, Indian, Mexican, and Japanese just to name a few.
Among them, you can find plenty of Zagat-rated and highly acclaimed establishments, and anything from casual to fine dining.
You'll easily access many of these businesses along Myrtle Ave., Dekalb Aves., and Fulton Street.
Attractions and Nightlife
There's plenty of attractions in the neighborhood for single professionals, and no shortage of playgrounds, schools, and kid-friendly activities that make it the perfect neighborhood for families.
Residents have access to gorgeous Fort Greene Park, Barclay's Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Bric House and Museum for Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA) for entertainment and culture.
Barclay's features everything from sports games (Brooklyn Nets and NY Islanders), concerts, conventions, and community events.
BAM is the oldest theater in New York and regularly features dance, opera, and theater. BAM also houses the only movie theater in Fort Greene proper.
Bric House is an arts and media venue, displaying works from contemporary artists and hosting media events.
It also houses Urban Glass, a studio and gallery that holds workshops on glass blowing and glass arts, and also exhibits works from artists and artisans.
MoCADA is an implant from the Bed-Stuy area. They focus on arts by African diaspora as well as art that centers around African diasporic issues.
To get to larger shopping venues is a snap, with the City Point Mall in Downtown Brooklyn, and the Atlantic Terminal Mall at the south end of the neighborhood.
A Whole Foods 365 and Apple store are also in the area as well as numerous stores.
Catching a drink in the area won't be a problem as there are plenty of great watering holes in the neighborhood.
Celebrities that lives in Fort Greene neighborhood
|Wyatt Cenac||Comedian Writer|
|Ulla Johnson||Fashion Designer|
Public & Charter Schools
Fort Greene falls in school district 13 with lots of choices of great public and charter schools in the area from K-12.
Fort Greene also has a lot of private school choices for preschools and daycares.
P.S. 20 also offers a very in-demand free pre-kindergarten class. Some other in-demand schools include Arts and Letters, Community Roots, as well as Compass Charter.
The neighborhood is most notably home to Brooklyn Technical High School, which is one of the city's specialized high schools and one of the highest-performing public high schools in the country.
|Brooklyn Technical High School||Public - Grades 9-12|
5447 students - 22 student/teacher
|Urban Assembly Academy Of Arts And Letters||Public - Grades K-4, 6-8|
486 students - 15 student/teacher
|Ps 20 Clinton Hill||Public - Grades PK-5|
377 students - 14 student/teacher
|Satellite West Middle School||Public - Grades 6-8|
104 students - 11 student/teacher
|Science Skills Center High School for Science Tech and Crea||Public - Grades 9-12|
540 students - 21 student/teacher
|Ps 46 Edward C Blum||Public - Grades PK-5|
401 students - Unknown student/teacher
|Ps 67 Charles A Dorsey||Public - Grades PK-5|
236 students - 10 student/teacher
|Brooklyn International High School at Waters Edge||Public - Grades 9-12|
338 students - 17 student/teacher
|Ps 287 Bailey K Ashford||Public - Grades PK-5|
194 students - 16 student/teacher
|Ps 307 Daniel Hale Williams||Public - Grades PK-5|
409 students - 8 student/teacher
|Ms 113 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center||Public - Grades 6-8|
562 students - 14 student/teacher
|The Urban Assembly School Of Music And Art At Wate||Public - Grades 9-12|
387 students - 16 student/teacher
|Fort Greene Preparatory Academy||Public - Grades 6-8|
242 students - Unknown student/teacher
|Dr Susan S McKinney Secondary School of the Arts||Public - Grades 6-12|
423 students - 12 student/teacher
|Ps 753 School For Career Development||Public - Grades 9-12|
224 students - 8 student/teacher
|The Brooklyn Waldorf School||Private - Grades PK-8|
175 students - 7 student/teacher
|Queen Of All Saints||Private - Grades K-8|
211 students - 24 student/teacher
|Hanson Place Elementary School||Private - Grades PK-8|
109 students - 11 student/teacher
|Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School||Private - Grades 9-12|
736 students - 17 student/teacher
|Community Roots Charter School||Charter - Grades K-8|
451 students - 10 student/teacher
|Compass Charter School||Charter - Grades K-5|
241 students - 14 student/teacher
|Success Academy Fort Greene||Charter - Grades K-5|
376 students - 14 student/teacher
How Safe is the Fort Greene Neighborhood?
BAM Park is Getting a Makeover
Workers broke ground recently on the BAM Park, the triangular green space located adjacent to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
As many of the residents know, this park has been closed off for some time as city workers found the soil to be contaminated with dangerous toxins like arsenic and lead.
Mayor DeBlasio announced a few years ago that there would be clean up of the park and be reopened. However, those promises are just coming to fruition.
Architectural and engineering firm McKissack and McKissack has begun the work to excavate the site and complete the work before spring.
This will be an addition of much needed green space in the area.