Clinton Hill is an affluent neighborhood in northern Brooklyn. It takes its name from DeWitt Clinton, the sixth governor of New York, whose name also appears on Clinton Avenue. The heart of the neighborhood is a landmarked historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
Clinton Hill’s boundaries are Flushing Avenue and the Brooklyn Navy Yard to the north; Classon Avenue to the east; Vanderbilt Avenue to the west; and Atlantic Avenue to the south. The area surrounding Clinton Avenue is known as Brooklyn’s “Gold Coast” thanks to its historic
• Generally three- to six-story buildings built in the 1800’s through the early 1900’s. Some are single-family homes while others are multi-family buildings.
• Brownstone in particular refers to a townhouse with a brownstone exterior. Commonly found in Brooklyn and parts of Manhattan.
• It is also possible to purchase an apartment within a townhouse. The apartment would be considered a co-op or condo, not a townhouse.
Three blocks to the east of Clinton Avenue is the Pratt Institute, founded in 1887, which was ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the top colleges in the northeast. The Pratt Institute has had a lasting effect on the character of the neighborhood, similar to New York University and Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.
The neighborhood is served by the G train, while the A and C trains make stops along Atlantic Avenue.