Week two: Clinton Hill

My brother, Cory, was in town this weekend, so I let him pick my second nabe.

Look how excited he is! Too bad he can’t come with me.

Clinton Hill is a few neighborhoods to the east of Fulton Ferry. It’s bounded by Navy Yard to the north, Bed-Stuy to the east, Prospect Heights to the south, and Fort Greene (its sister-neighborhood) to the west.

Major avenues include Myrtle and Lafayette going east-west, and Vanderbilt and Washington going north-south. The A, C, and G have stops there. Several big names in the 19th century called it home, and would take their coaches to Fulton Ferry to do business in Manhattan.

Google Maps rendering of Clinton Hill.

Fortunately for me, the Brooklyn Historical Society released an audio tour of Clinton Hill (and Fort Greene) in 2011, so I’ll be sure to listen to that before I go. Here are a few of the places I’m looking to check out:

- Pratt Institute, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year
- four mansions built by Charles Pratt (three of which he gave to his sons as wedding presents)
- an old Tootsie Roll factory, now condos and a spa
- Jive Turkey for fried turkey (closed in January)
- Crispus Attucks Playground, in the hopes of learning something new about the Boston Massacre

Any other suggestions?

Also, next week is the start of Dine in Brooklyn! Should one of these participating establishments get my patronage? (Fun facts: Mojito is located in the old Tootsie Roll factory; it was also on Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsay.)

I’ll be going on either Wednesday or Friday this week, likely the former.

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