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Revolutionary War Heroes, a Native Son and Escargot

Aug 13, 2008 12:03 PM | 0 comments

Named for the Revolutionary War era fort built under General Nathanael Greene, Fort Greene is a dynamic neighborhood with much to offer. The park has two war memorials, playgrounds and tennis courts, and hosts events year-round.


Several famous writers have called the neighborhood home, including Walt Whitman, Jumpha Lahiri, and Richard Wright, who wrote Native Son while a resident.


There is a plethora of restaurants to choose from, the newest being The General Greene (remember him?). French and African cuisines are specialties, but you can find everything from burgers to Mediterranean to Mexican along the tree-lined streets.


Shop for snazzy threads, retro décor and libations at a variety of stores, and discover collectibles at the Brooklyn Flea. Fresh produce is in abundance Saturdays at the Fort Greene Park farmer’s market, and in August and September, the Urban Arts Market offers live music, performance and food on select Sundays.

Spend a day exploring Fort Greene, and then bone-up on your Revolutionary War history or read one of the above authors by visiting your local library. It IS Greener on this side!

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