Right above Prospect Park, and sandwiched between Park Slope and Crown Heights, Prospect Heights is home to some of the premiere entertainment in Brooklyn, while also being a peaceful neighborhood full of families and fun times.
Part of the original city of Brooklyn, Prospect Heights was an important part of the agricultural practices and trade routes of the Dutch colonists who controlled the land in the 1600’s. After the American Revolution, Brooklyn’s population began to grow rapidly, and the land of Prospect Heights was sold to the city in order to build housing.
The original grid for Prospect Heights was drawn in 1833 and constructed in 1834, based largely on how the land had been run by the farmers who settled there. However, Brooklyn decided, as streets were still being constructed, to lay a new grid all together in 1839. A deal was struck to keep the streets already constructed which is why some of the streets in Prospect Heights are at a 45 degree angle rather than the traditional 90 degrees.
Once the grid was completed, housing came next. The 1890’s marked the beginning of the gorgeous brownstone row houses Prospect Heights is known for. Once those houses, and several mid-rise apartment complexes, were complete, Prospect Heights enjoyed a steady period of prosperity, barely being affected by the other financial crises that shook NYC to its core. Today, many high rise luxury buildings have been erected, along with the Barclays Center. This caused some contention in the 2010’s, but things have settled down. Now Prospect Heights is a beautiful mixture of old and new.
High rise and luxury buildings can be found near the Barclays Center, adding major eye-candy to the Brooklyn Skyline. That said, once you start moving away from the Barclays Center, the neighborhood becomes quite historic, with mostly brownstones and mid-rise apartment complexes lining the quiet streets.
Prospect Heights has two atmospheres depending on where you are. If you find yourself close to the Barclays Center, the energy will be much more enthusiastic due to the large number of events here. It’s also close to a lot of other popular Brooklyn activities which means it’s usually crowded with many folks walking around and having a good time.
The further into Prospect Heights you travel, you’ll find a much more subdued neighborhood. Quiet and classy, you can have a good time in Prospect Heights without getting too raucous. There’s a pleasantness to the neighborhood, making it both relaxing and inviting.
Prospect Heights is one of the safest neighborhoods in Brooklyn. It provides easy access to schools, hospitals, and plenty of family friendly activities. The area, depending on where you’re looking, also provides spacious living arrangements along quiet streets. All in all, Prospect Heights is an ideal neighborhood for families.
The New York City subway system provides access to Prospect Heights via several train lines, all of which go through Brooklyn's largest terminal: Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center. Prospect Heights is accessible via the 2, 3, 4, 5, B, and Q trains. Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center also provides access to the LIRR.
Biking is very popular in this neighborhood due to its light traffic, miles of bike lanes, and easy access to Citi Bike docking stations. This is easily one of the most cycled neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Driving is also popular in this neighborhood due to the lack of traffic (Barclays Center being the exception) and ample parking.
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Prospect Heights is located within 11238. This area currently has 53,992 residents in 23,996 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 36.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 14.26% have graduated from high school, 32.20% have a bachelor's degree, and 26.79% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 68% and the median income in this zipcode is $75,757.
At least 70.67% of those living in this zipcode are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 40 minutes.
Geographically, 11238 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 35 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 38. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.