Located adjacent to 585-acre Prospect Park and one of the city’s most expansive developments, Prospect Heights successfully marries old with new and urban with residential. Bounded by Atlantic Avenue to the north, Eastern Parkway to the south, Flatbush Avenue to the west and Washington Avenue to the east, here you’ll find revered institutions, gleaming high-rises and perfectly preserved historic homes.
Development in Prospect Heights mostly followed transportation infrastructure and the opening of Vaux and Olmsted’s Prospect Park in 1871. In the mid-19th century, small Italianate townhouses cropped up along local streets, and later, buildings of Neo-Grec, Second Empire and Romanesque Revival influence completed the neighborhood. While historic row houses and walk-up buildings fill the side streets, along major thoroughfares, you’ll find larger apartment houses and quaint ground-floor commercial space topped by multifamily dwellings.
Many communities throughout the city experienced a decline in the 1960s and 1970s. Thanks to efforts by both the city and local civic groups, many homes in Prospect Heights were rehabilitated in the 1980s with private and public funding. Today, most of the charming neighborhood is protected by the Prospect Heights Historic District, designated in 2009.
In Prospect Heights’ northern reaches, you’ll find some of Brooklyn’s most exciting new buildings. The 22-acre Pacific Park megadevelopment broke ground in 2010 with Barclays Center, bringing basketball, hockey and major concerts to the area. Over a dozen more mixed-used high-rise buildings, including offices and luxury residential towers, are slated for completion by 2035. Just across Atlantic Avenue, the Atlantic Terminal Mall and BAM provide outstanding shopping and cultural venues. At the southern end of the neighborhood, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Museum and Central Library underscore the area’s old-meets-new
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