Fort Greene is a racially and economically diverse neighborhood in Brooklyn that imbues its residents with a strong sense of pride and community – some people claim it's the best place they've ever lived. This historic area, once the setting for a Revolutionary War battle, is known for its beautiful brownstones and row houses. The beautiful architecture extends to several landmark buildings, including the Masonic Temple, a church, and the old Williamsburg Savings Bank, which at one point was the tallest building in the city and is now condos.
Fort Greene doesn't have a party atmosphere, but it does have dozens of restaurants with a range of cuisines, and a number of laidback bars and lounges.
The neighborhood also has a vibrant cultural scene. The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM for short) hosts plays and musical acts; the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA) features art exhibitions and programming throughout the year; and the Greenlight Bookstore has visiting authors and events nearly every week. There are many other performing spaces as well. The area around BAM has been designated a cultural district and new development will establish workshop space, theaters, and mixed-income housing.
The Fort Greene Park has 30 acres of walking/running paths, playgrounds, picnic and barbecue areas, tennis and basketball courts, and dog runs, as well as a monument to the 11,500 Americans who perished nearby while prisoners of the British during the Revolutionary War.
Wall Street: 3.2 miles / 15-30 minutes by car / 25 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 8 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 35-40 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 9.5 miles / 30-55 minutes by car / 45-50 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 1 mile / 5-15 minutes by car / 15 minutes by transit / 15 minutes by foot