Welcome to Clinton Hill
A trendy, bustling neighborhood with a peaceful, cozy vibe.
Nestled in the heart of Brooklyn, Clinton Hill blends tranquil, small-town ease with bustling city life. This historic neighborhood is only a short distance from the fast pace of Manhattan and busy downtown Brooklyn, but it feels like a peaceful retreat with its spacious parks and laid-back, friendly atmosphere. It truly is the best of both worlds!
Clinton Hill became a fashionable neighborhood after Charles Pratt, founder of the renowned Pratt Institute, built mansions for himself and his family on Clinton Avenue. The area now boasts an eclectic array of impressive architectural styles dating back to the mid-1880s, including Greek Revival and Romanesque Revival, as well as designs by famed architect Montrose Morris.
What to Love
- Plenty of parks and lush greenery
- Vibrant art scene with trendy boutiques
- Charming streets and architectural diversity
- Relaxed atmosphere with easy access to Manhattan
People and Lifestyle
Those who call this charming neighborhood home enjoy peaceful strolls down the wide, tree-lined streets and access to some of the trendiest shops and best restaurants in the city.
Thanks to the influence of the Pratt Institute
, Clinton Hill has an artistic and academic feel, making it an ideal home for students and artists. Pratt, founded in 1887, is a leader in art education. The Brooklyn campus houses the art, design, architecture, and science schools.
Restaurant and boutique owners will find a friendly, supportive community in which to grow their businesses, while Clinton Hill’s urban green space provides a haven for nature lovers and families who want the serenity of a small town with all the activity and excitement of city life.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Clinton Hill has everything you need for a day or night out on the town. Stay on-trend by visiting Su -juk
, one of the area’s many boutiques. This lifestyle shop and salon specializes in vintage clothes, hair care, and specialty gifts sourced from Turkey and Morocco. You can even get a tarot card reading!
If you love books, you’ll definitely want to check out Likkle
. A Jamaican dumpling house and library in one, Likkle offers fresh, high-quality food, music, and, yes, library books! Get your own library card and enjoy this social and cultural oasis with special book club events and a distinctive menu.
Test your knowledge of random facts at Mekelburg's
trivia night every Tuesday (and reward your efforts with their craft beer and wings!) or go all out with an evening of dinner at Roman's Italian Restaurant
and live music at Sistas' Place
. In its 25th year, this intimate performance spot brings in the world’s best jazz and blues musicians.
Things to Do
Art and music lovers, rejoice! Clinton Hill is a treasure trove of cultural and artistic festivals and educational opportunities for both students and spectators. The Brooklyn Bazaar
, a non-profit festival in the heart of the neighborhood, offers an eclectic mix of music, food, culture, and art, encourages a strong connection between residents and business owners and showcases a diverse collection of New York City talent.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
is another powerhouse of innovative programming in music, film, theater, dance, opera, and more, and also has a full lineup of classes and workshops. History buffs might like to take a walk down Ryerson Street to see the former home of Walt Whitman, who completed his famous poetry collection, Leaves of Grass, in this modest residence.
If cooking is your passion, learn to make authentic Italian pasta at LaRina Pastificio & Vino
! Their pasta-making classes provide morning coffee, a family lunch, pasta-making instruction, wine pairings, and a recipe so you can create your own Italian masterpiece at home.
Clinton Hill is home to the prestigious Pratt Institute
. Other notable educational opportunities include: