6 Places to Visit: What to Do in Clinton Hill

The beautiful neighborhood of Clinton Hill in Brooklyn sits in between Fort Greene and Bed-Stuy, and it features a growing selection of restaurants, cafes, and many other small businesses. Clinton Hill is a lovely area to explore, whether on foot or on a bike—it’s a very bike-friendly neighborhood with lots of dedicated bike lanes. Plus, Clinton Hill is accessible by public transportation, with stations along the G and A/C trains, a plethora of buses, and even a ferry stop at Brooklyn Navy Yard.

There’s plenty to explore along some of the neighborhood’s busy streets such as Myrtle, Washington, and Dekalb Avenue, and Fulton Street. Whether you live in Clinton Hill or are just stopping through for a visit, you’ll surely enjoy your stay. We’ve rounded up a few places you may want to check out to catch a vibe—and if you happen to be looking for a quiet place to get some work done, check out our coworking offices at 275 Park Avenue, located within the Chocolate Factory Lofts.

1. Stroll Along Mansion Row

Want to get a glimpse of Old New York? Want to see what inspired HBO’s The Gilded Age? Head on over to Clinton Ave to check out the mansions of Clinton Hill. When walking down Clinton Ave from Park Ave to Atlantic Ave, you can admire historical homes that were built during the Civil War—when Clinton Ave was one of the “richest streets in Brooklyn.” As Brownstoner explains, some of Brooklyn’s wealthiest businessmen and industrialists owned these mansions and townhouses.

2. Explore Pratt Institute’s Sculpture Park

Dekalb Ave and Grand Ave

Take a walk through Pratt Institute’s Sculpture Park which stretches across the campus’s 25 acres. Marvel at unique pieces of art spread throughout the Institute’s lush, green lawns and historic buildings. With over 70 sculptures, this is an evolving piece of work that showcases a range of well—known and emerging artists, faculty, and graduate students.


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3. Visit Art Galleries

Given Pratt Institute’s focus on architecture, art and design, Clinton Hill has actually become the home to numerous art galleries. A quick Google search will pull up a range of galleries to visit in the neighborhood. From Kunstraum LLC, Kris Krohn Art, The Bishop Gallery, and more—there’s plenty to see to support local artists and students from Pratt.


4. Indulge at Petee’s Pies

Looking to treat yourself to some sweets? Visit Petee’s Pies at 505 Myrtle Avenue for the “absolute best pie in NYC” (dubbed by GrubStreet). This family owned business offers gluten-free and vegan pie options and uses seasonal local produce along with natural fair-trade sweeteners. With ingredients such as organic flour and grass-fed butter from New York State, Petra “Petee” Paredez is dedicated to making quality pies that New Yorkers love.


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5. Discover BLDG 92: Brooklyn Navy Yard

Located at 63 Flushing Avenue, BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard celebrates the past, present, and future of the historical space that has undergone a major transformation. The Brooklyn Navy Yard is now dubbed a center of urban manufacturing and innovation. 

Head to BLDG 92 to check out exhibits, public tours, educational programs, archival resources and workforce development services. The mission of BLDG 92 is to reinforce the yard’s unique bonds with the community while inspiring future generations to become industrial innovators and entrepreneurs.


6. Get Inspired at Brooklyn Academy of Music: The Harvey Theater at BAM Strong and BAMCafe

Just over the border in the neighboring Fort Greene area, BAM Strong at 651 Fulton Street showcases avant-garde theater performances in a classical space. Additionally, this theater also showcases select movies.

BAMCafe at 30 Lafayette Ave. is a beautiful and large space which hosts free live music and performances in a bar and lounge loft in the Peter Jay Sharp Building.


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What do you like best about living or working in the Clinton Hill area? Share with us so we can add to the list! Feel free to shoot an email to info@brooklyncreativeleague.co