Nearby: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Crown Heights
Clinton Hill is a neighborhood in north-central borough of brownstone Brooklyn, New York City. It is bordered by Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Prospect Heights, Williamsburg, and Fort Greene. Clinton Hill runs from Clinton to Bedford Avenues, north from Atlantic Avenue to Flushing Avenue.
Clinton Hill has grand, late nineteeth century mansions, brownstones and townhouses on Clinton Avenue. It has a strong sense of community In the mid-19th century, Clinton Hill was a fashionable neighborhood, with many of the city's millionaires living in mansions that lined Clinton Avenue. Charles Pratt, founder of the Pratt Institute of Art, built a few of them for himself, and one for each of his three sons.
The neighborhood's charm and major attraction is its thriving arts community, largely due to the Pratt Institute, attracting artists to the area for more than a century.Clinton Hill attracts a healthy blend of young urban professionals and their families, along with hardworking young artists who hope to carve a niche for themselves in New York's larger arts scene.
Another attraction is its industrial areas adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard. An up-and-coming section that is still a well-kept secret is Wallabout. The Navy Yard reportedly was the largest construction facility in the U.S. until World War ll. But when it was discarded and abandoned, New York City purchased 225 acres to build an industrial park located on its site. This acreage, spanning a mile-long stretch north of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill between Flushing and Park Avenues near the Navy Yard is slowly being transformed. Off the beaten path but accessible by subway, it appeals to artists and young professionals with a pioneering spirit.
Most of the development taking place in Wallabout is centered around Steiner Studios, the Navy Yard's film-production facility, which opened in November 2004 on a 15-acre site. In 2007, it expanded into a 305,000-square-foot, seven-story building inside the yard. The studio, which has hosted shoots for blockbusters Spider-Man 3 and Inside Man and dozens of television shows, has been a major factor spurring interest in the Wallabout section.
BAM and the Brooklyn Flea spoil you for choice of culture and retail, while propping up the diverse local businesses.
Subway access is good. Clinton Hill is served by A/C with a stop at the Clinton/Washington Avenues station as well as the G train, with stops at Classon Avenue and Clinton/Washington Avenues station.