Off the east side of Prospect Park in Central Brooklyn lies the diverse and lively neighborhood of Crown Heights. Mostly residential, this neighborhood also boasts a vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene that makes the area popular with young adults.
Crown Heights began its life a bit later than most Brooklyn neighborhoods, becoming a residential area only after the revolutionary war. However, once it got going in the early 1800’s, it quickly became a haven for secondary homes of the wealthy King’s County elite. This popularity only increased when train lines were extended to the area in the late 1800’s.
While many of those older Victorian homes are still around, brownstone row houses were built in the early 1900’s to thrust the area into the modern day. Around the 1950’s Crown Heights began to see an influx of diversity with large populations of black and immigrant communities moving into the neighborhood.
The 1970’s were a turbulent time for the city, and Crown Heights was no exception. Neglect and escalating tensions eventually led to the Crown Heights Riot of 1991, which was such a tragic event that community leaders gathered in mourning and decided that something must be done. A rejuvenation project began that brought the community together in celebration of its diversity. Now, Crown Heights is a peaceful area where families and young professionals can rest after a long day in the city.
Crown Heights is mostly made up of single family homes and mid sized apartment complexes. It's rare to find a building taller than six stories in this neighborhood. The look of these pre-war buildings is by design, as a number of preservation efforts keep the neighborhood historic.
Crown Heights is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Popular with young professionals and artists, there’s a growing nightlife here. Many bars have in house DJ’s and even more have performance venues for live music, comedy, and poetry readings.
There’s also a suburban vibe to this neighborhood. This might seem like a weird fusion, but Crown Heights makes it work, having more quiet areas for families to live while also catering to its growing population of young people.
Crown Heights is a very suburban neighborhood. While the nightlife is growing, most venues are respectful of their neighbors, so noise is never too much of an issue. The neighborhood is also very safe. The most prevalent crime is vandalism, with violent crime being very rare. Home to many schools and hospitals, this area is a good place to raise a family.
The New York City subway line provides great service to the Crown Heights Area. The A and C trains provide access to the northern part of the neighborhood while the 3 and 4 trains provide access to the south. The southwestern portion of the neighborhood is also accessible via the 2 and 5 trains.
Biking is extremely popular in this area. While bike lanes are slowly being added, the streets are decently wide and traffic isn’t that heavy, making the neighborhood safe and easy to navigate. Citi Bike also has several docking stations in the area for your convenience.
Driving is also a good option in this area due to ample parking and lack of traffic.
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Crown Heights is located within Kings County, New York. This area currently has 2,606,852 residents in 938,803 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this county are currently unmarried and have a median age of 35.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 25.80% have graduated from high school, 20.68% have a bachelor's degree, and 13.40% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 57.8% and the median income in this county is $50,640.
At least 70.55% of those living in this county are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 42 minutes.
Geographically, Kings County, New York is a part of the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. This county is currently home to 18,812,161 residents, or 6,707,347 households with a median income of $68,319. the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area residents have a median age of 38 and 50.07% are currently renting their homes in the area.