We’ve crowned Fort Greene, Brooklyn as the coolest neighborhood in NYC in 2023 and one of the coolest in the world.
What’s the deal with Fort Greene?
Northwest Brooklyn’s Fort Greene— bounded by the Brooklyn Navy Yard to the north, Prospect Heights to the south, and neighbors Downtown Brooklyn to the west and Clinton Hill to the east—is home to prestigious and beloved cultural landmarks such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Center for Fiction and the Pratt Sculpture Park, making up a sort of creative nucleus. Along its main arteries on Fulton Street, Lafayette and Dekalb Avenues are numerous wine bars like Place des Fêtes, great casual restaurants such as Habana Outpost, flea markets and local shops like Greenlight Bookstore that give the historic neighborhood its own laid-back, community-oriented flavor among its Brownstones, walk-ups and rowhouses. It’s all centered around the sprawling, 30-acre Fort Greene Park, which acts as its public square with regular community events, markets and sporting events. It’s the coolest neighborhood now, but the area is the site of a former Revolutionary War fort. It wasn’t until the 1860s, after writer Walt Whitman called for it to be reclaimed, that Fort Greene Park was realized. With a deep history and a buzzy present, it’s clear Fort Greene is the coolest place to be in 2023.
If you only do one thing
Go off the beaten track
Learn how to make something delicate at Urban Glass.
On a sunny day
On a rainy day
Go to the Center for Fiction to peruse its bookstore and grab a coffee, and maybe work on your own novel.
Take in a show at BAM.
Hang out in Fort Greene Park or brunch at Café Paulette.
Nearest subway stations
Fulton Street, Nevins Street and Lafayette Avenue.
What else is nearby?
Boerum Hill is to the west while Clinton Hill is to the east. Both neighborhoods are rife with great restaurants and shops!