Neighborhood

Greenwood Heights

Greenwood Heights is a neighborhood that partially takes its name from its proximity to the Green-Wood Cemetery.  As with many Brooklyn neighborhoods, its exact borders are a subject of dispute.  One relatively well-accepted definition has Greenwood Heights extending from the Prospect Expressway to 36th Street, and from the harbor to Prospect Park West. 

Greenwood Heights' architectural mix of wood frame and brick homes gives the area an eclectic look and feel, different from its neighbors Park Slope to the north and Sunset Park to the south.  The area is an unusual mix: two- and three-story attached houses, with mostly flat fronts, and often some scallop-edged plastic awnings shading their tiny stoops.  There are also the newer developments, mostly condos, but also rentals located across the cemetery’s spiky fence.

The 478-acre Green-Wood Cemetery was established in 1838; among those buried there are prosperous Brooklynites like the Pierreponts. In the 19th century, the area around the entry gate on 25th Street was crowded with monument makers and florists.Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 as a rural cemetery in Kings County, NY and was granted National Historic Landmark status in 2006 by the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Green-Wood Cemetery was inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, MA, where a cemetery in a naturalistic park-like landscape in the English manner was first established; Green-Wood was also able to take advantage of the varied topography which resulted from glacial patters. 

It is still an operating cemetery with approximately 600,000 graves spread out over 478 acres. The rolling hills and dales, several ponds and an on-site chapel provide an environment that still draws visitors.  There are several famous monuments located there, including a statue of DeWitt Clinton and a Civil War Memorial.  During the Civil War, Green-Wood Cemetery created the "Soldiers' Lot" for free veterans' burials.

From the 19th through to the middle 20th century, the working Brooklyn waterfront dominated the Greenwood economy.  A sugary scent emanating from the various candy, chocolate and dessert manufacturers in this neighborhood of about half a square mile continues to be unmistakable.

Great neighborhood hot spots: Toby’s Public House, Greenwood Park (uber-popular beer garden), The Sea Witch Tavern, Lot 2 (Zagat-rated), Roots Cafe, Korzo Burger, Giuseppina, Sidecar, La Boulangerie Lopez as well as bustling neighborhood amenities.

Easy transportation – R train (Prospect Ave) and the F/G train (15th Street). 

Greenwood Heights is a part of Brooklyn Community Board 7 along with Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park and South Park Slope.