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Pratt Home, Clinton Hill

Clinton Hill is a neighborhood in the north-central portion of the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. It is bordered on the east by Bedford-Stuyvesant, on the west by Fort Greene, on the north by Wallabout Bay and on the south by Prospect Heights. The neighborhood is served by the NYPD's 88th Precinct.[1]

By the 1840s, Clinton Hill had become a fashionable neighborhood for the wealthy of Brooklyn, who could commute to Manhattan by way of stagecoach to the Fulton Ferry in nearby Brooklyn Heights. By the 1880s and '90s, Clinton Avenue was lined with mansions of millionaires, many of which have survived to the present day. The most prominent of these are linked to Charles Pratt, who built a mansion for himself and one each as wedding presents for three of his four sons (pictured, right). These four mansions can be seen on Clinton Avenue between DeKalb and Willoughby. The Pratt Institute of Art, founded by Charles Pratt in 1887, is located a few blocks from his former home. Due in part to the presence of Pratt Institute the neighborhood boasts an increasing arts community, and many bohemians are flocking towards the yet-to-be gentrified industrial areas adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Clinton Hill has one of the largest concentrations of row houses from the post-Civil War period.[2]

Also located in Clinton Hill is the Brooklyn campus of St. Joseph's College.

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Notable Clinton Hill residents

  • Rapper Christopher Wallace, AKA The Notorious B.I.G or Biggie Smalls, was raised in Clinton Hill[3], although he claims bordering Bedford-Stuyvesant in his lyrics.
  • Actress Rosie Perez currently lives in Clinton Hill.[3]
  • Poet Marianne Moore lived and worked in Clinton Hill. Her Clinton Hill apartment, preserved as it was, is now on view at the Rosenbach Museum, in Center City, Philadelphia.[citation needed]
  • Rapper/actor Mos Def currently lives in Clinton Hill.[3]
  • Rapper Talib Kweli currently lives in Clinton Hill.[3]
  • Breakdancer Diana Martinez currently lives in Clinton Hill.
  • Poet Walt Whitman lived at 99 Ryerson Street while working on Leaves of Grass.[4]
  • New York Governor David Paterson grew up in Clinton Hill[5]

Transportation

Clinton Hill is served by the IND C Train, which stops at the Clinton-Washington Avenues station as well as the IND G Train, which stops at the Classon Avenue and Clinton-Washington Avenues stations. Several New York City Transit bus routes provide service to the neighborhood, including the B38, B48, B54, B52, B57, B61 and B69.

References

  1. ^ 88th Precinct, NYPD.
  2. ^ "Clinton Hill History Honored". United Press International. New York Times. 1985-08-15. http://www.nytimes.com/1985/08/15/nyregion/clinton-hill-history-honored.html. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  3. ^ a b c d Franklin, Marcus (2009-01-18). "Much change in Biggie Smalls' neighborhood". Associated Press. Times Herald. http://www.timesherald.com/articles/2009/01/18/entertainment/doc49736c2856c3f532097714.txt. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  4. ^ Rubinstein, Dana (2007-03-10). "Putting Walt in a time vault". The Brooklyn Paper. http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/30/10/30_10waltwhitman.html. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  5. ^ [[cite news | url = http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/03/11/liveblogging_the_barclays_center_groundbreaking.php | accessdate = 2010-03-16}}

Also the B25,B26 and the B45.

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Coordinates: 40°41′23″N 73°57′55″W / 40.68972°N 73.96528°W / 40.68972; -73.96528

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