Fort Greene

Fort Greene is a historic Brooklyn neighborhood south of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and north of Prospect Park. Fort Greene’s namesake comes from a Revolutionary War era fort built by the famous Continental Army general Nathanael Greene. During the 19th century, Fort Greene became a residential and commercial neighborhood with varying socioeconomic and cultural demographics. Recently, Fort Greene, along with its sister neighborhood, Clinton Hill, has witnessed an influx of gentrifiers but still retains its diversity and charm.
The Vibe
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.
Bragging Rights
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.
Architecture
Fort Greene’s wonderful architecture includes residences in Italianate, Second Empire, Greek Revival, Neo-Grec, Romanesque and Renaissance styled rowhouses.
Best Kept Secret
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.
By Day
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.
By Night
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.