Kate Hooker is a lawyer and writer who fled the East Village for Brooklyn a few years ago in search of outdoor space. When she isn’t working or writing for brooklynbased.com, Kate is often found exploring Brooklyn's restaurants and bars (particularly those that trade in oysters, craft beer, and pie), seeing live comedy, and watching college basketball.
About Fort Greene:
Fort Greene, with its cobblestoned streets, stately brownstones and affable vibe, is the quintessential Brooklyn neighborhood. Home to world-class art centers and countless cafés, the area has a distinctly European feel, but there are plenty of signs that you are in New York City. One of Brooklyn’s most famous sons, Spike Lee, has his film production company here, and a mural on Fulton St. encourages passersby to “Spread Love It’s the Brooklyn Way.” A slew of celebrities call Fort Greene home, but it’s also where neighbors hang out on each other’s stoops, and kids and dogs play in the streets. Just a stop or two from downtown Manhattan on a lot of subway lines, Fort Greene is a necessary stop on any visitor’s itinerary.
The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is one of the crown jewels of the borough, showcasing a changing lineup of the best in film, live music, theater, dance and more. BRIC Arts Media, which moved to its Fort Greene location in 2011, hosts live performances, art exhibitions, dance parties and more almost nightly.
Food in the Fort
If a quick breakfast is what you need, the long but quick-moving lines at Bittersweet are a testament to its stellar coffee from La Columbe and baked goods, which include doughnuts from Dough that ruin all others for you. For lunch, my Fort Greene go-to is No. 7, whose double decker broccoli tacos I crave with alarming frequency. For dinner before a show at BAM or BRIC, try Walter’s, a sleek, inviting New American restaurant that gets a lot of well-deserved hype for its fish, fried chicken and expertly mixed cocktails.
Stop and Shop
You can’t come to Fort Greene on a Saturday during April to November without a stroll through Brooklyn Flea, a collection of over 150 vendors selling furniture, vintage clothing, locally designed jewelry, antique typewriters and more. Even if you don’t find a must-buy souvenir, it’s worth a trip for the people-watching and rotating cast of food vendors. Greenlight Bookstore hosts frequent in-store readings with big-name literary talent. For stylish and sophisticated home goods, textiles and accessories with a boho sensibility, check out Feliz on DeKalb Ave.