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Crown Heights is a neighborhood in Brooklyn with an interesting past. Once home to Brooklyn's "Millionaire's Row", Crown Heights experienced an economic decline in the mid-20th century. The neighborhood has since turned around, and the community now offers affordable NY apartments in beautiful and historic rowhouses. Apartments in the area are bordered by Washington Avenue to the west and Utica Avenue to the East, and are between Atlantic Avenue and Empire Boulevard. For decades, this neighborhood was the location of Ebbets Field. Once home to the Brooklyn Dodgers, the stadium has been long-demolished, and the large city block now houses a towering apartment complex. Eastern Parkway runs directly through Crown Heights, and is the neighborhood's main thoroughfare. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the Eastern Parkway quickly links Crown Heights with several nearby attractions. Follow this street westward and visit the beautiful Brooklyn Museum, or stroll the unbelievable landscaping in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Living in Crown Heights means living among plenty of greenery, from the tree-lined streets to Brower Park to monstrous lawns and nature of nearby Prospect Park. Unfortunately, much of the city's older crowd still regard this location with a negative connotation. But the community has a much more colorful history than it is often given credit for, including some existing examples of the neighborhood's historical affluence. The Crown Heights North Historic District boasts gorgeous, quiet, tree-lined blocks, and is a swath of Brooklyn's finest architecture. Gorgeous Neo-Grec and High Victorian Gothic townhouses and brownstones give this historic district a unique character. But one of Crown Heights hidden gems lies in the southern section, on two blocks of President Street between New York Avenue and Kingston Avenue. Large, ornate single-family houses line these two blocks, each with an individual front garden or lawn. Some of these mansions are fine examples of Brooklyn's French Renaissance Revival architecture. Although residents of apartments can satisfy most their needs within the neighborhood, the area's close proximity to several major subway lines makes it an even more convenient place to settle. Manhattan-commuters can hop on the 2, 3, 4 & 5 trains directly from the neighborhood's four stations on Eastern Parkway. Residents can also take the quick Franklin Avenue shuttle to catch the A & C trains at the Franklin Avenue station, or to catch the B & Q trains at the Prospect Park station. But for those beatiful spring and summer weekends where Crown Heights is the place to stay, there is plenty to do around the fast-changing neighborhood. Among the incredible variety of ethnic flavors and cuisines are Bunch O Bagels, the 70-year-old Tom's Diner, and the cheap, yet delicious Gloria's restaurant. When looking for something to do in evening, one should try Franklin Park, a bar and beer garden with a cozy, fun atmosphere. With the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library right next door, the Crown Heights neighborhood is certainly one of Brooklyn's most well-rounded communities.

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  • 2
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  • 4
  • 5


  • Clara Barton Hs
  • Is 320
  • Prospect Hts Hs
  • Ps 161
  • Ps 167 Parkway School
  • Ps 241 Emma L. Johnston School


  • Dodger Playground
  • Dr. Ronald Mcnair Park
  • Eastern Parkway
  • Eastern Parkway Coalition
  • Jackie Robinson Playground
  • Lincoln Terrace / Arthur S. Somers Park

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