Introduction

Conveniently located and residentially desirable, Fort Greene spreads eastward from Downtown Brooklyn beyond Flatbush Ave; it's home to two local institutions: the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the 1927 Williamsburgh Savings Bank Tower, for decades Brooklyn's tallest building (now dwarfed by steel-and-glass condo skyscrapers). Gorgeously preserved (and appropriately unaffordable) 19th-century brownstones line Fort Greene's leafy side streets, as with its more remote neighbor, Clinton Hill, home to the Pratt Institute, a private art and design university. Washington and Clinton Aves in particular have some beautiful post–Civil War row houses.