Nearby: Park Slope, Ft.Greene, Clinton Hill
Prospect Heights is a neighborhood in the northwest of the borough. The traditional boundaries are Flatbush Avenue to the west, Atlantic Avenue to the north, Eastern Parkway – beginning at Grand Army Plaza – to the south, and Washington Avenue to the east.
Compared to other Brooklyn neighborhoods, Prospect Heights is relatively small and is notable for its cultural diversity as well as its tree-lined streets. Because of the area's density of Italianate and Neo-Grec rowhouses, much of the neighborhood has been designated as a New York City historic district. The Prospect Heights Historic District covers an area roughly bounded by Flatbush Avenue, Sterling Place, Washington Avenue, and St. Marks Avenue, and a section of the historic district extends as far north as Pacific Street. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It is the fifth largest historic district in New York City.
Prospect Heights offers an interesting and unique mix of old and new and has seen rapid changes over the last decade bringing an influx of new young professionals due to the lower real estate prices than neighboring Park Slope. The Prospect Heights neighborhood has rental buildings, pre-war co-ops, new condominiums and wide 19th century brownstones that have remained intact and that have been divided up into apartments. This spot has become somewhat of a hotspot in Brooklyn, as developers invest more money and more retailers move in. Prospect Heights has recently been the recipient of one of the most magnificent buildings in Brooklyn, as Richard Meier’s glass condo One Prospect Park offer stunning park views and state of the art amenities.
A thriving commercial zone has emerged along Vanderbilt Avenue and Washington Avenue with new bars, restaurants and specialty shops.
The neighborhood has a convenient location and is close to some of the best and most popular Brooklyn attractions, including Prospect Park (526 acres of land designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux - the same architects who designed Central Park), The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens ,The Brooklyn Museum (the second-largest art museum in New York City), the enormous central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza greenmarket and The Underhill Playground. Every year, the largest annual NYC parade, the West Indian Day Parade, follows Eastern Parkway, beginning in Crown Heights and ending at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights.The new Barclays Center - home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets basketball team is located in the northwestern corner of the neighborhood at Flatbush and Atlantic Avenues.
The area has subway stops leading in practically every direction. At its northwest corner the Atlantic Avenue station offers access to the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, R and Q subway lines, as well as the Atlantic Terminal of the Long Island Rail Road.