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Clinton Hill retains a certain majestic ambiance left over from the days of Charles Pratt, who founded the Pratt Institute of Art on Classon Avenue in 1887 and built five mansions along Clinton Avenue, which remain there today. A diverse community now populates the area, and there is an artsy, bohemian feel thanks to the abundance of Pratt students.
St. Joseph’s College is also located here, and Brooklyn’s oldest park, Fort Greene Park, is close by. There is a Sunday flea market at one of the local schools, and historic churches like the Queen of All Saints and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, dating from 1858, can be found throughout the neighborhood.
Clinton Hill is bordered by Flushing Avenue to the north and Atlantic Avenue to the south. Vanderbilt Avenue marks its western boundary, and to the east Classon Avenue forms its border with Pratt Institute. The A/C and G subway lines provide transportation to Queens and Manhattan, and the B52, B54 and B69 buses are also convenient.
The main thoroughfare of Myrtle Avenue has undergone a period of revitalization and is now home to a plethora of independent businesses, including a community-run farm stand and an open-air art gallery. This up-and-coming marketplace is a perfect complement to the Historic District of the neighborhood, which encompasses the many impressive post-Civil War era brownstones of Clinton Hill.