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Clinton Hill in Brooklyn, home to gorgeous brownstones, great restaurants, more

Pratt Institute's Sculpture Park, the largest outdoor sculpture

Pratt Institute's Sculpture Park, the largest outdoor sculpture park in New York City, stretches across its lush, 25-acre campus in Clinton Hill. Credit: Bob Handelman

The tree-lined blocks of Brooklyn's Clinton Hill, named for the sixth governor of New York, DeWitt Clinton, are adorned with majestic brownstones, historic mansions and Victorians.

According to "The Big Onion Guide to Brooklyn," in the late-19th century it was considered a prestigious place to live.

Oil tycoon Charles Pratt moved here in 1870, establishing the Pratt Institute of Art on Willoughby Avenue in 1887.

Clinton Avenue, with its stunning historic mansions, several of which were owned by the Pratt family, is known as Millionaires' Row. It also has one of the city's greatest concentrations of intact row houses from the post-Civil War era. A large part of Clinton Hill is designated as a historic district.


Clinton Hill sits between Fort Greene and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Its northern boundary is Flushing Avenue and the Brooklyn Navy Yard and its southern boundary is Atlantic Avenue. From east to west, it stretches from Vanderbilt Avenue to Classon Avenue.


Pratt Sculpture Park, Dekalb and Hall streets: The entire Brooklyn campus of The Pratt Institute is a sculpture park -- the largest in New York City, according to the school. A range of sculptures from artists such as Robert Indiana and Dorothy Frankel grace the 25-acre grounds. 718-636-3600,

BLDG 92, Brooklyn Navy Yard Center, 63 Flushing Ave.: The Brooklyn Navy Yard spans a few neighborhoods including Clinton Hill. BLDG 92, just outside Clinton Hill, in Fort Greene, is a new museum dedicated to the shipyard, which played a pivotal role in the Industrial Revolution. Admission is free. 718-907-5992,


SoCo, 509 Myrtle Ave.: This Southern fusion restaurant serves up a mix of Cajun, Creole, barbecue and soul food. 718-783-1936,

Urban Vintage, 294 Grand Ave.: One of the many quaint coffee and tea spots in Clinton Hill, Urban Vintage is loved for its cozy character with lots of natural light. They also sell jewelry, housewares and other novelties. 718-783-6045,


The Fulton Grand, 1011 Fulton St.: The Fulton Grand is known for its craft beer and whiskey selections as well as the seasonal beer specialties and Belgian and German brands, among others. 718-399-2240

The Emerson Bar, 561 Myrtle Ave.: Frequented by residents and Pratt students alike, this funky literary-themed bar has a live DJ, board games and pool. They also offer 12 beers on tap and outdoor seating in the back. 347-763-1310,


Leisure Life NYC, 559 Myrtle Ave.: For the dapper gentleman with a taste for unique style, Leisure Life NYC offers vintage shirts, jackets, hats, jewelry and home accessories. 347-725-3167,

Barking Brown, 468 Myrtle Ave.: A well-loved gem of Clinton Hill, this quaint boutique carries forward-thinking accessories and clothing

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