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Brooklyn Neighborhood Spotlight: Crown Heights

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Originally known as Crow Hill, Crown Heights has emerged as a popular neighborhood for people looking to settle down in Brooklyn. Located in central Brooklyn, Crown Heights is bounded by Washington Avenue to the west and Ralph Avenue to the east. The area is known for its high cultural diversity and particularly engaged community. Though it went through growing pains, the decrease in crime has helped Crown Heights establish itself as a thriving Brooklyn neighborhood in recent years.

Crown Heights Real Estate & Transportation

Crown Heights real estate is booming with new residential development and several rental and condominium projects underway. From 1890 to 1910, Crown Heights was one of the most affluent areas in Brooklyn which makes its architectural style enticing to homeowners today. Crown Heights is known for its streets lined with two and three story structured townhouses, and its luxurious homes on President Avenue. According to the NY Times, property in Crown Heights is currently going for around $880/sq ft, and has increased by about 14 percent since last year with single-family homes now ranging from $800,000 to $1.5 million. Crown heights apartments range from $1,250 a month for a studio to $3,200 a month for a three bedroom.

There are plenty of transportation options in Crown Heights. The primary thoroughfare is Eastern Parkway which stretches from Downtown Brooklyn to the heart of Crown Heights. Public transportation is abundant with both bus lines and subway lines. There are 11 public transit bus lines, including the B12, B14, and the B65 among others. Major subway stations are located at Franklin, Nostrand, Kingston and Utica Avenues and President and Sterling Streets. A local can get to Manhattan in around 30 minutes via a personal car, bus or subway line

Things to do in Crown Heights

There are plenty of things to do Crown Heights, with establishments ranging from museums, gardens and recreation centers to carnivals and beer halls. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is the first museum in the U.S., and perhaps even worldwide, that is specifically for young children. Some of the perks of the museum are free admission for children and the opportunity to hold birthday parties and field trips. Some of the most popular offerings are the sensory play areas, life sciences and nature exhibits and the cultural understanding center, World Brooklyn, which has mini shops that emulate real life places in Brooklyn. Many locals also visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which is a 52-acre garden with specialty gardens within, including plant collections, a conservatory and a glass aquatic plant house. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden also offers educational programs on plant science and conservation and community horticulture. For those looking to get active indoors, the St. John’s Recreation Center is a great spot to swim, play basketball and utilize equipment at the fitness center. One of the weekend hot spots is the Berg’n Beer Hall. With plenty of food vendors and events such as trivia night, game night, comedy night, and brunch specials, this beer hall is perfect for a friends night out. Lastly, Crown Heights is known for its annual Labor Day parade, also referred to as the West Indian Carnival. The main event is the parade which involves Calypso bands in lavish costumes marching along Eastern Parkway. The carnival lasts 7 hours and includes vendors selling home style island food and the celebration of the culture.

Crown Heights Restaurants

Crown Heights restaurants were predominantly west Indian cuisine due to the demographic of the neighborhood in its early days. While still a large part of the culture and cuisine of the area, new restaurants have emerged offering all styles of food including Italian, Mexican and New American. Glady’s is one of the most popular Crown Heights restaurants due to its simple caribbean specialties and affordable prices. Slow cooked jerk chicken, pork and lobster can be found on Glady’s menu. Mayfield serves New American style dishes in an industrial chic atmosphere. Some of the standout menu items are the Ricotta Gnocchi and the Buttermilk Fried Quail. Barboncino is an Italian restaurant known for its margarita slice and straightforward menu. One of the perks of this restaurant is the Brunch menu that offers various types of frittatas.

 

Ready to Move to Crown Heights?

As Crown Heights continues to emerge as a top neighborhood in NYC, more people will take notice! Make your move to Crown Heights and experience what this exciting neighborhood has to offer. Moving can be a very stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be! At Liberty Moving & Storage, we create customized solutions for all of your moving and storage needs. From local to long distance moving, Liberty’s highly trained moving consultants will be there every step of the way to ensure that your move goes smoothly. Contact us today at 1-800-640-4487 or contact our Brooklyn movers by submitting a form for a free Brooklyn moving quote here.