May 12th, 2016 8:11 AM by Nelson Aybar
Nestled south of Park Slope and north of Sunset Park is a dynamic Brooklyn gem. Named Greenwood Heights after the historic Green-wood Cemetery, the borders range from the Prospect Expressway to the Gowanus Canal, stretching to Eighth Avenue and 39th Street, which is the southern boundary of the Green-wood Cemetery.
The Green-wood Cemetery is recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
Over the last few years, Greenwood Heights has been undergoing a revitalization. In 2013 The Wall Street Journal and The Real Deal pointed to Greenwood Heights as an emerging haven for hipsters, and more recently The New York Times covered it as one of NYC’s “Next Hot Neighborhoods”. Having a large number of 25-34 year olds living there combined with low vacancy rates and an influx of coffee shops, bars and restaurants like Jeatjet?, Greenwood is on track to becoming one of the hottest neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Jeatjet?, which boasts an impressive 4 stars on Yelp, features fried chicken with waffles, mac & cheese balls, a lamb burger and more. The question isn’t if to go, but how many plates you can order with each visit.
Greenwood is also home to Industry City. Built in 1895 by Irving T. Bush and originally referred to as “Bush’s Folly” before his vision for a shipping terminal caught on, Industry City has been transformed into a multi-dimensional innovation lab, that boasts a food hall, fitness center and is home to many businesses.
Those businesses include Industry City Distillery, which has the only vodka distilled in New York City and Suneris, an innovative bio-tech start-up. Pop-up shops also abound in Industry City and the Nets operations team has recently moved in.
Industry City is spread out over sixteen building in Greenwood Heights.
Yet Industry City is also rapidly changing: in a space that used to be dominated by recent art-school grads, more and more of the tenants are being replaced with new residents who can afford higher rents. Where there used to be trash in the hallways, they are now brightly lit and swept clean. Industry City has started to transform into one of the hottest start-up spaces in New York City and attractive to maker-industries, including MakerBot, who just moved in.
Being a hub for innovation, it comes as no surprise that Industry City hosts events each month. The Brooklyn Crush Wine and Artisanal Food Festival is coming up later this month where over 175 wines will be featured over the course of two 3 hour events on May 21st. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be live music.
The upcoming Brooklyn Crush is an event not to be missed.
Deemed by Thrillist as one of the things “You absolutely have to do in NYC,” the event promises to be as successful as prior ones. Since its inception, Brooklyn Crush events have seen over 33,000 delighted attendees.
To get to this and other exciting events, keep in mind that Greenwood Heights is well served by the D, N and R trains, and of course the bus system. Mayor de Blasio recently announced plans to build a tram that will connect Brooklyn to Queens, so in the future there will be even more transportation options.
But if you decide after visiting and seeing the vibrant culture that there’s no other place you’d rather call home, there are some great apartments available to check out.
Located at 134 29th Street, an enormous 2 bedroom, 1,000 square foot apartment awaits.
Home, sweet home: 134 29th Street in vibrant Greenwood Heights.
Being newly renovated and with a washing machine and dryer in-unit, this apartment is a steal at $2,650 per month. Pet friendly, it’s 3 short blocks from the R train and heat and hot water come included.
With rentals like this available in Greenwood Heights, it comes as no surprise that it is one of Brooklyn’s most exciting places to live.
If you are interested in learning more about 134 29th Street or other options in Greenwood Heights, I’d be delighted to show you around. I’m looking forward to welcoming you to your new neighborhood!