Crown Heights began as a posh residential neighborhood, a “bedroom” for Manhattan’s growing bourgeois class. Beginning in the 1880s, many upper-class residences, including characteristic brownstone buildings, were erected. This development peaked in the 1920s, and before the Second World War Crown Heights was among New York City’s premiere neighborhoods, with tree-lined streets, an array of cultural institutions and parks, and a large number of fraternal, social and community organizations. Housing is divided into two regions, the Crown Heights North Historic District (which is being considered by the Landmarks Preservation Commission) contains large and finely detailed row houses and freestanding mansions designed by Brooklyn’s major architects in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The second is the area around Brower Park (which is also home to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum). It contains four and five-family homes built mostly in the Renaissance Revival style, as well as the Italian and Greek Revival styles.
In The News: Living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The Boundaries: Runs from Franklin Avenue to the west, Atlantic Avenue to the north, Ralph Avenue to the east and Empire Avenue to the south. The Commute: The 2, 3, 4, 5 (on the southern border) and the A, C and Franklin Ave shuttle (on the northern border) subway lines serve the area. Click on the “Directions” link in the menu on the left for exact walking/subway directions and commuting time.