Surrounded by The Brooklyn Navy Yard, Downtown Brooklyn, Prospect Heights, and Clinton Hill, Fort Greene is a hip neighborhood that is great for young professionals and families alike. Rife with historic brownstones, this neighborhood feels like home.
Fort Greene is named for Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene, who constructed a fort in the area in 1776. After the war, the area was used to house workers of the new Brooklyn Navy Yard, though several small farms were also still present from the original colony.
Slavery was outlawed in New York in 1827, which allowed the black population of Fort Greene to grow as many people moved to the area seeking work in the Navy Yard. The farmers of the area sold their land to this population and they developed the area as a haven for the abolitionist movement, hosting speakers like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass.
During the 1900’s, Fort Greene experienced a cultural boom, opening BAM in 1908 and opening movie theaters in 1920. This growth lasted until the end of WWII, when the Navy Yard started to decline and workers went elsewhere. However, the people of Fort Greene worked with city leadership to restore the area and, by the 1990’s, Fort Greene was back to being pristine.
Most buildings in Fort Greene are short, maxing out around 15 stories tall. Some newer, luxury high rises have been built in the area, but the residents there have a strong stance on changing too much, opting to preserve many of the streets and houses in the neighborhood.
Fort Greene is a relaxing place that has a little something for everyone. Trendy and artistic, yet family friendly, Fort Greene is a place where people smile and wave to their neighbors. There’s a ton of food, culture, and sights to absorb in this neighborhood. The pride felt by the residents of this area is strong, but not abrasive.
Fort Greene is great for families. One of the safest neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Fort Greene is close to many schools and has one of Brooklyn’s premiere hospitals right next to a stunning park. Families will find themselves very happy here.
The New York City subway system provides service to Fort Greene via the B, Q, R and G trains.
Biking is popular in this area due to its wide streets and large number of Citi Bike docking stations. Bike lanes have also been added to many streets for easy navigation.
Driving is also popular here due to the ample parking and lack of traffic.
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Fort Greene is located within 11201. This area currently has 60,061 residents in 26,303 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 zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 35.1.
When looking at residents older than 25, 10.68% have graduated from high school, 34.51% have a bachelor's degree, and 36.26% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 65.5% and the median income in this zipcode is $109,472.
At least 63.74% of those living in this zipcode rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 32.5 minutes.
Geographically, 11201 is a part of Kings County, New York. This county is currently home to 2,606,852 residents, or 938,803 households with a median income of $50,640. Kings County, New York residents have a median age of 34.5 and 70.55% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, Kings County, New York is a part of the greater New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area is currently home to a population 18,812,161 across 6,707,347 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $68,319 and median age of 37.8. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.