6 Best Sights in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, New York City

Clinton Hill Architecture Walk

Fodor's choice
Part of the National Register of Historic Places, the buildings along Clinton and Washington avenues were originally lavish summer homes for turn-of-the-20th-century industrialists like Charles Pratt. Federal, French Second Empire, Romanesque Revival, Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, and neo-Grec mansions line the streets, serving as university buildings, community centers, and private residences. There are also quintessentially Brooklyn brownstones and Italianate row houses, with mansard roofs as far as the eye can see.

Fort Greene Park

Fort Greene Fodor's choice
With 30 acres of green hills, Brooklyn's oldest park is the unofficial nucleus of the neighborhood. It served as a military fort during the Revolutionary War and again during the War of 1812. At its center, the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument commemorates American war prisoners. Although it predates them, landscape architects Olmsted and Vaux (known for designing Central Park and Prospect Park) designed the current layout of Fort Greene Park.
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Pratt Institute Sculpture Park

Fodor's choice
One of New York City's largest sculpture gardens is free to the public and houses installations by students, faculty, and alumni of the Pratt Institute, an arts and architecture school founded in 1887. The 50-plus-piece collection changes slightly from year to year, spanning the 25-acre campus.

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BRIC Arts Media House

Fort Greene
The organizers of renowned arts festival Celebrate Brooklyn! (see Best Brooklyn Events in Chapter 1) operate this 40,000-square-foot gallery, television studio, and performance space between the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Downtown Brooklyn. The gallery specializes in Brooklyn-based artists, and the artwork also spills over into the café and hallways. Upstairs, the UrbanGlass studio has classes for all ages, as well as a shop/showcase on the first floor with jewelry, housewares, and objets d'art.

Comandante Biggie Mural

Fort Greene
On the South Portland Avenue side of a corner lot nicknamed the Brooklyn Love Building, graffiti artist Cern One, with Jorge Garcia and Lee Quiñones, created a brightly hued mural of Brooklyn rapper The Notorious B.I.G. ("Biggie"). The structure's Fulton Street facade is home to street-level shops, but its second story is tagged with lyrics from Biggie's 1994 single "Juicy." It reads "Spread Love It's the Brooklyn Way" in tall lettering.

Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts

Fort Greene
Since 1999, MoCADA has been showcasing emerging artists, sociocultural and political installations, and exhibitions relating to peoples of African descent. MoCADA also sponsors dance performances and children's programming throughout Brooklyn. Check their website for details on upcoming events.
80 Hanson Pl., Brooklyn, NY, 11217, USA
718-230--0492
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Rate Includes: $8, Closed Mon. and Tues.