In between Clinton Hill and Downtown Brooklyn lies Fort Greene. This northern Brooklyn neighborhood is a performing arts hub, serving home to the borough’s institutions and dance spaces.
The neighborhood is named after a previous war fort which was used both in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The neighborhood is also named after General Nathanael Greene of Rhode Island who helped win the Battle of Long Island in 1776. The space of the former fort is currently home to the decommissioned Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Located near the design school Pratt Institute, Fort Greene is home to many art spaces and galleries. Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and Brooklyn Music School both are famed institutions for cultivating the future musicians and musical artist of America.
BAM offers live shows and entertainment to showcase their many different dance styles. Paul Robeson Theater and Mark Morris Dance Center are spaces for future dancers to learn and hone their skill.
BRIC Arts is a multi-dimensional art space, known for showcasing artists in all mediums. The gallery also offers education and classes. Upstairs in the gallery is UrbanGlass, a primary spot for experimental glass works.
Fort Greene Park, originally called Washington Park, is Brooklyn’s second oldest park constructed. Fort Greene’s Commodore Barry Park, acquired by the city of New York in 1836 is the borough’s oldest park. Fort Greene Park’s Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument is a tribute to the 11,500 American prisoners taken by the British during the Revolutionary War. The bones of the prisoners are housed in the crypts of the monument.
Nearby Atlantic Terminal and Atlantic Center includes the LIRR, the LIRR ticket office, and subway connections into other parts of the city. The Atlantic Terminal also has a shopping center with various shops and department stores. Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets is also located close to Fort Greene.
Fort Greene is the perfect place to spend a night out with friends on the weekend. With many options of bars, pubs and clubs, one can party away until dawn.
In no relation to the former reporter hangout Moe’s, Mo’s is a great waterhole space to spend happy hour to meet new friends and cheap drinks. Dick and Jane’s offers and intimate, speakeasy feel perfect for a date or an intimate hangout among friends. Black Forest offers a perfect space for German beer in a beer garden space.
Spend a night out with traditional beers and classic homemade German entrees.