Clinton Hill is an affluent neighborhood in northern Brooklyn. It takes its name from DeWitt Clinton, the sixth governor of New York, whose name also appears on Clinton Avenue. The heart of the neighborhood is a landmarked historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
Clinton Hill’s boundaries are Flushing Avenue and the Brooklyn Navy Yard to the north; Classon Avenue to the east; Vanderbilt Avenue to the west; and Atlantic Avenue to the south. The historic brownstones along Clinton Avenue have been known as Brooklyn’s “Gold Coast” for their desirability. Just three blocks east of the Gold Coast is the Pratt Institute, founded in 1887, which was ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the top colleges in the northeast. The Pratt Institute has had a lasting effect on the character of the neighborhood, just like New York University in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.
Public transportation is scarce in Clinton Hill. Only the G train makes stops within the neighborhood’s boundaries, which does not make a stop in Manhattan. Commuters should look for homes farther south as the A and C make stops along Atlantic Avenue at the neighborhood’s southern border.