Crown Heights is an ethnically diverse area of Brooklyn in which Jewish, Caribbean, and African-American populations live together harmoniously. The neighborhood is located adjacent to Prospect Park, and is bound by Atlantic Avenue, Empire Boulevard, Ralph Avenue, and Washington Avenue.
Crown Heights has many well-known attractions, such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Brooklyn Public Library (Eastern Parkway Branch). The Brooklyn Museum contains stunning modern and classical architecture, is the third largest museum in New York City, and contains over 1.5 million works of art. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden boasts specimens from around the world, and hosts a beautiful annual cherry blossom festival. It is much less expensive than the Bronx’s botanical garden: however, if you still find the $15 entrance fee to be a bit pricey then check it out on a Tuesday when admission is free.
The enormous public library, formally known as the Central Library, is an iconic Brooklyn building. Even if you are not interested in checking out one of the over 1.7 million books, its worth paying a visit to this location just to see the architecture that makes this building so grand.
In addition to being home to these three attractions, Crown Heights contains one of Brooklyn’s Historic Districts, featuring examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Go for a stroll along Crown Street or President Street to take in some of the magnificent mansions than line the sidewalks. If you are more interested in cultural history rather than architectural, then the area is also home to the Jewish Children’s Museum, where you can learn all about Jewish religion and culture.
As for food and drink, Crown Heights boasts many excellent coffee shops, bars, and restaurants, such as Little Zelda, Franklin Park, and Gloria’s, respectively. If you are looking to keep kosher, and Caribbean food does not fit the bill, then no need to fret! There are plenty of kosher markets and restaurants, such as Benz’s Fish and Basil Pizza and Wine Bar, to satisfy your growling stomach.
The 2,3,4, and 5 trains, as well as over 10 different bus lines service Crown Heights, so transportation will never be an issue if you decide to move to the area.