This could be the next Williamsburg or red-hot Brooklyn neighborhood. It has all the components?close to Prospect Park, inexpensive rent and real estate entry prices, and terrific transportation with the 2 and 5 trains getting residents to Manhattan's east or west side in less than 30 minutes.
Early pioneers buying now are artists leaving Bushwick and Greenpoint, couples looking to buy single-family houses, and high-tech professionals looking to pay less rent. Retail south of Eastern Parkway is just beginning to turn with coffee shops and wine bars migrating further down Franklin Avenue. The mansions on President Street near New York Avenue, once called "Doctors Row," are some of the best collection of homes in New York City.
Lincoln Terrace Park has a tennis program that draws kids from all over Brooklyn. Annually, it sends high school students to colleges on tennis scholarships. The Caribbean food in Crown Heights is some of the top in the city. Eastern Parkway, with its alleyway of trees and pedestrian walkways, is a haven for chess and checker players, bicyclists and joggers.
CLASSICS AND INSIDE TIPS:
Dine: Gloria's Caribbean Cuisine. Among the best roti in the city. Chefs from all over the world come to try Gloria's fare. Neighbors love it because it's tasty, healthy, and fair-priced. The fried shark on the breakfast menu is an eye-opener.
See: Eastern Parkway near Nostrand Avenue. The neighborhood comes together here amidst giant mediums with park benches and Linden trees. Also, Crown Street between Rogers and Bedford Avenues is as pretty and friendly a street in the five boroughs.
Shop: Name Shoes on Nostrand Avenue is owned by Joe Vazquez, who fought on the Madison Square Garden undercard the night Joe Frazier defeated Mohammed Ali. He's owned this shop for 30 years.
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