Prospect Heights

Welcome to Prospect Heights

With its diverse population, the neighborhood boasts great ethnic fast food and shopping. A thriving commercial zone has emerged along Vanderbilt Avenue and has become the location for many new bars, restaurants and specialty stores. Because of the area’s density of Italianate and Neo-Grecian row houses, much of the neighborhood has been proposed for official designation as a New York City historic district.

History

Prospect Heights is a beautiful neighborhood bordered by Crown Heights and Park Slope. The main artery through Prospect Heights is Eastern Parkway, a tree lined pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare visually reminiscent of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. Along the north side of Eastern Parkway’s corridor, from Grand Army Plaza to Washington Avenue, you’ll find immense, opulent buildings. In fact, Prospect Heightls is one of Brooklynls oldest and most architecturally fascinating neighborhoods, boasting a mix of the 19th century brownstones and pre-war co-op buildings.

Because of the densely populate Neo-Grec rowhouses built in the 1860s and l70s, a portion of Prospect Heights has recently been designated as a New York City historic district. The historic district is also home to Romanesque and Renaissance Revival houses from the 1880s and ’90s. Additionally, two of the neighborhoodls oldest buildings located on Carlton Avenue between St. Marks Avenue and Bergen Street date back to the 1850s. The name Prospect Heights can be traced back to 1889 where it appeared in a letter to the editor that was published in the Brooklyn Eagle.

Though it is one of the smaller Brooklyn neighborhoods, Prospect Heights is home to a wide array of cultural offerings, including the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the world renowned Brooklyn Museum that line the south side of Eastern Parkway. Every year the West Indian Day Parade, the largest annual parade in New York City, follows Eastern Parkway, beginning in Crown Heights and ending at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights. Prospect Heights also offers a wonderful dining experience with restaurants that run the gamut from Caribbean-American fare to modern American cuisine.

Historically, Prospect Heights was predominantly an Italian, Jewish, and German neighborhood in the 1910s through the 1950s. However, today its population is much more diverse including a large number of African Americans that initially migrated after World War II. Like many parts of Brooklyn, Prospect Heights is experiencing sweeping change as people from all over New York City discover its charms and cultural richness.

Recently, Prospect Heights gained attention in national news due to the massive and controversial Atlantic Yards project that will take place in the northern section of Prospect Heights. The project proposes the building of a multi-million dollar stadium for the Barclay Nets. However, many residents and neighbors of Prospect Heights oppose the project because of the eminent displacement of long time residents, businesses and a sense of community.