Located in the center of Brooklyn, Crown Heights is a large, diverse neighborhood going through a transition. Like many other parts of Brooklyn it's gone through several phases over the past century and a half – wealthy enclave, immigrant destination, and down-on-its-luck community – and is now experiencing its latest rebirth. The primary driver, as with all things in New York, is the cost of living. It's still possible to find reasonably priced homes here whether you're renting or buying. However, prices are increasing quickly due to the influx of people escaping more expensive parts of the city.
You'll find a mix of brick apartment buildings in a range of conditions, public housing, historic rowhouses, and brownstones. A number of developments are bringing new housing to the market as well.
Franklin, Washington, and Nostrand Avenues are the commercial hubs here, boasting shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars. The huge Caribbean population here has resulted in a good selection of Caribbean food. In recent years those spots have been joined by gourmet burger joints, beer halls, sushi, and more. A number of kosher restaurants serve the large Orthodox Jewish population.
For those living in the western half of the neighborhood, you'll be a short walk to the 585 acres (237 hectares) of Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum, which has everything from ancient Egyptian relics to contemporary paintings, and the 52 acre Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which hosts the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. In the corner of the neighborhood is the Barclays Center, a massive arena complex that hosts professional basketball and hockey games, boxing matches, concerts, and other events.
There are a dozen schools within Crown Heights' boundaries serving children of all ages.
Crown Heights is bordered on the north by Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant, on the east by Brownsville, on the south by East Flatbush and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, and on the west by Prospect Park and Prospect Heights.
Wall Street: 5.7 miles / 25-55 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 10 miles / 40-80 minutes by car / 45-50 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 11.9 miles / 40-80 minutes by car / 55 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 3.5 miles / 15-40 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike