Located in Brooklyn, Clinton Hill is a relaxed residential neighborhood with tree-lined streets and beautiful houses thanks to its origins as a home for the wealthy. It's evolved into a more egalitarian neighborhood and now midrise brick apartments and condos sit down the street from elegant brownstones, carriage houses, and standalone mansions.
This area is a magnet for young professionals and young families due to its affordability. The architecture, art, and design-focused Pratt Institute brings students to the neighborhood as well.
Despite being on the quieter side, the neighborhood has a lot going on. Its main avenues offer boutiques, coffee shops, and groceries, and so far larger chains have stayed away. There are also a number of terrific restaurants and several bars and lounges.
Clinton Hill has a few small parks and playgrounds, but for serious exercise or play you'll need to head to the nearby Fort Greene Park or the sprawling Prospect Park.
Wall Street: 3.7 miles / 15-35 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 8.3 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 40-45 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 9.8 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 50-55 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 1.5 miles / 10-20 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit