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Fort Greene Neighborhood Review - Brooklyn Moving Guide

Ruth Shin

Ruth Shin

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

Fort Greene is a vibrant, thriving, and diverse community only about 15 minutes from the city.

It lies just east of DUMBO and Downtown Brooklyn and north of Prospect Heights and Boerum Hill, which lends it a central location within North Brooklyn.

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

Fort Greene streets

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
Studio $2,400
1 Bedroom $3,040
2 Bedrooms $3,980
3 Bedrooms $5,350

Transportation

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.

Subways

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • 2 3

    IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line

  • 4 5

    IRT Lexington Avenue Line

  • A C

    IND Eighth Avenue Line

  • B

    IND Sixth Avenue Line

  • G

    IND Crosstown Line

  • Q

    BMT Broadway Line

Buses

Bus Location
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

Samui Restaurant

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.

Some notables are Roman's, Miss Ada, Metta, Olea, Samui, Karasu, Black Forest, Habana Outpost, Colonia Verde, and the neighborhood favorite Walter's.

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.

City Point Mall is home to New York's only Alamo Drafthouse cinema and the House of Wax, a cocktail bar and museum which features a vintage wax collection of medical oddities.

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.

Some neighborhood favorites include but are not limited to Brooklyn Public House, Dick and Jane's, Mo's, Alibi, and Frank's Cocktail Lounge.

There are two great options for beer garden lovers. Both Black Forest and Die Stammkneipe/Der Schwarze Koelne (DSK) are on Fulton Street within blocks of each other.

Local Buzz

Celebrities that lives in Fort Greene neighborhood

Celebrity Notes
Keri Russell Actress
Christina Ricci Actress
Uzo Aduba Actress
Wyatt Cenac Comedian Writer
Ulla Johnson Fashion Designer
Holly Hunter Actress
Jeffrey Wright Actor

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.

School Notes
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?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 6 out of 10
Approximately 19.1604 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents
Low Medium High

Latest Updates

BAM Park is Getting a Makeover

Posted: 11/5/2019

Workers broke ground recently on the BAM Park, the triangular green space located adjacent to the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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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.

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