Welcome to Fort Greene
A sophisticated, cultural community made for small businesses.
Artistic and community-driven, Fort Greene has a rich culture of creative inspiration and commercial ingenuity. With influences ranging from historical naval shipyards to Walt Whitman and Spike Lee, this quiet enclave offers a unique blend of culture, art, and commerce. Chef-run restaurants and artist-owned studios and performance venues are proof of the entrepreneurial spirit of this supportive neighborhood.
Named for the American Revolutionary War fort built by General Nathanael Greene, Fort Greene has a peaceful and imaginative vibe, plenty of green space, and beautifully maintained brownstones featuring Italianate and Eastlake architectural styles. The impressive Fort Greene Park was designed by legendary architects Olmsted and Vaux, and a sense of beauty and style permeates this cool community. A strong sense of family, unlimited business opportunities, and a thriving entertainment scene make Fort Greene an ideal place to put down roots.
What to Love
- Cultural hotspots
- Laid-back restaurant scene and excellent food
- Artistic and commercial opportunities
- Warm, inclusive community
People and Lifestyle
Residents of this down-to-earth community tend to be involved in the entertainment and food scenes, and many own their own culinary or gallery spaces. Locals take advantage of the tremendous creative and artistic scene, visiting the various cultural organizations and performances regularly. Make this your home and enjoy Fort Greene’s unique blend of urban sophistication and friendly, low-key vibes.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
This culinary neighborhood is known for its low-key dining and a wide variety of excellent food. Check out the chef-owned Miss Ada
for a unique twist on modern Mediterranean cuisine. Residents love it for the local and seasonal ingredients, outdoor garden seating, and charming, rustic ambiance.
Classic American eatery Walter Foods
is a favorite for weekend brunch or a quick glass of wine and oysters before heading out on the town. Up your cool factor with a visit to Karasu
, the hidden bar behind Walter’s. This elegant Japanese izakaya offers delicious food and a sophisticated cocktail menu.
Known for its elevated Italian and Mediterranean fare, Evelina
is the place for conversation and connection. The small plates, wood fired dishes, cocktails, and cool, intimate vibe make this upscale bistro perfect for a quiet dinner with friends.
Things to Do
Fort Greene has some of the most innovative, diverse offerings in Brooklyn! Athletic-minded residents and artists alike find plenty to do in this exciting area. Poet and nature-lover Walt Whitman was instrumental in the creation of Fort Greene Park
, a 30-acre oasis of outdoor beauty and function. Brooklyn’s first park, it was designed by famed architects Olmstead and Vaux and rewards visitors with stunning green space, walking tours, fitness areas, and special events.
Get your fill of art and culture at BRIC HOUSE
, a public media center, and major contemporary art exhibition space. BRIC is dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging artists and reflects Brooklyn’s artistic diversity. Here you’ll find everything from performance and studio spaces to classes, exhibits, special programming, and artist opportunities. They also offer a Jazz Fest every April! UrbanGlass
is another unique example of Fort Greene’s imaginative artistry. The organization highlights glass as a creative medium and offers exhibitions, programs, and a retail shop selling one-of-a-kind, artist-made creations.
A truly impressive feature of the neighborhood is the Brooklyn Navy Yard
. Once a naval shipbuilding facility, this 300-acre waterfront industrial complex houses more than 500 businesses and presents live music, restaurants, tours, and exhibits.
Fort Greene is home to excellent educational opportunities, including: