Take a Break and Go Out: 4 Walks to Stretch Your Legs in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene
Did you know that taking breaks at work increases productivity? Sometimes, you just need to get up and give your eyes a rest from the computer screen. And what’s even more invigorating than a break from your screen? A break in which you’re moving around and getting your blood flowing!
As Brooklyn Creative League sets up shop for a new coworking office in the Clinton Hill neighborhood, we’re excited to get to know the area and do some exploring. As we’ve scoped the area, we have noticed there are some really great places in the area to relax, enjoy nature, or grab a bite to eat. We’ve listed a few spots around Clinton Hill and Fort Greene that you could walk to, to stretch your legs, grab some food, enjoy the fresh air, and take your mind off of work for a bit.
Commodore Barry Park
Just a 10-minute walk from the office, this is actually the oldest park in the borough. It’s named Commodore Barry Park due to its location next to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, which Barry helped found. This community gem is a 10-acre park with space for baseball, basketball, football, swimming, and simply hanging out. It’s also home to AfroPunk, a diverse and incredibly outdoor multi-genre festival that was started in 2005. Literally a 10-minute walk from the office down Park Avenue, this is a great spot to give yourself a break.
Fort Greene Park
Take a 10-minute walk from the office to enjoy some peace and greenery at Fort Greene Park. After use in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, this location became a designated park in 1847 and was finalized in 1897 after the famous architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed its layout. With grassy lands, sloping hills, and big, beautiful trees, this park is a gem within the residential area of Fort Greene.
Dekalb Market Hall
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Next on the list is Dekalb Market Hall, which is about a 10-minute walk from Fort Greene Park. If you haven’t already been to this incredible food hall + marketplace, you must check it out! The marketplace is located at the basement level of City Point and is accessible from the Flatbush Avenue Extension. City Point also houses a Target, Trader Joe’s, and some other shops worth checking out. You absolutely need to peruse the options at the Market Hall, as there’s a wonderful range of foods to select from. Find arepas, burgers, sushi, ramen, pastries, pizza, Philly cheesesteaks and so much more!
Naval Cemetery Landscape
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We’re looking forward to spending some time getting to know the Naval Cemetery Landscape at 63 Williamsburg St W. This open space along the Brooklyn waterfront at the Navy Yard has been designed as a natural wildlife area populated by native plant species. It’s fascinating that this spot was once a former Naval Hospital Cemetery which was previously behind a fence and inaccessible to the public. Though it was decommissioned in the 1920s with the known remains being moved to Cypress Hills, it has taken time for this site to come together as it has. And boy are we thankful for Brooklyn Greenway Initiative for cultivating such a rich landscape across this borough’s waterfront for us to enjoy!
Is there a great place in this area that you like to frequent when taking a break from work? Let us know what we missed and we’d be happy to add it to the list!
Interested in learning more about Brooklyn Creative League’s new location? Discover our community-driven coworking space at the crossroads of Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard.