Fort Greene’s history is apparent throughout the neighborhood’s many landmarked buildings that contribute to its reputation as a charming residential neighborhood with many local businesses and a developing commercial sector.
Fort Greene is host to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the historic Fort Greene Park, which features the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument while contemporary sites include the recently opened Barclays Center.
Fort Greene’s wonderful architecture includes residences in Italianate, Second Empire, Greek Revival, Neo-Grec, Romanesque and Renaissance styled rowhouses.
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The Prison Ship Martyrs’ monument in Fort Greene Park is also America’s largest mass grave. A crypt below inters the remains of about 11,500 prisoners taken by the British that died during the Revolutionary War.
Typical days in Fort Greene feature commuters and students rushing to work or school and local business owners selling their wares while the area also makes good use of its public areas for flea markets and occasional festivals.
While some residential areas of Fort Greene are quiet, the influx of students from Pratt and event-goers at Barclay Center have made certain areas of Fort Greene very active and enjoyable for those seeking late-night fun.