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New York City Neighborhoods
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

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Boundaries:

Located on the northern edge of Prospect Park, this brownstone neighborhood is home to many of Brooklyn's treasures: the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the Brooklyn Public Library, and Grand Army Plaza.

The neighborhood is bordered by Eastern Parkway and Flatbush, Washington, and Atlantic Avenues. It is located in Brooklyn Community District 8.

History:

Prospect Heights' grand homes are a reminder of its late-19th century opulence. However, the neighborhood fell into decline between the 1960s and 1980s. The neighborhood has been home to Italians, African-Americans, Irish, and Jews.

Today:

As a result of the popularity and high rents of nearby Park Slope, renters have been pushed across Flatbush Avenue and Prospect Heights rents have risen. It has a strong Caribbean presence.

Transportation:
The 1 and 2 trains stop at Bergen, Grand Army Plaza, and Eastern Parkway.
Housing Stock:

Prices vary widely. The more expensive property is on Eastern Parkway or on the neighborhood's south end, between Carlton and Vanderbilt.

Where do I find my new home?
In addition to the real estate classifieds in the big dailies, try local Brooklyn papers such as The Spectator and The Home Reporter, or Home Sweet Home and the Homefinder magazines, which are distributed in local supermarkets. Another potential source of information are the privately-run real estate websites, such as Real Estate Español, Realty Times, Realtor.com or HomeStore.
Special Note:
Grand Army Plaza hosts a farmer's market every Saturday. And the non-profit Nkiru Center for Education and Culture, owned by hip-hop poets Mos Def and Talib Kweli, includes the oldest African-American bookstore in Brooklyn and organizes literacy projects and conducts workshops, storytelling, and lectures.

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