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Clinton Hill: A Great Mixture of Old and New

August 8, 2013
The Old Meets the New in Clinton Hill

The Old Meets the New in Clinton Hill

Looking for a neighborhood with modern services but with an historic flavor? Tree-lined residential streets are cozy and inviting, giving way to thoroughfares with just the right blend of new businesses with traditional shops with deep roots in the neighborhood.

“It’s one of those neighborhoods that you can’t describe with one brush stroke,” said Benjamin Wilchfort, owner and manager of Brooklyn Suites, a company at 464 Classon Avenue that rents out furnished apartments to corporate travelers.

Not long ago streets that now boast bars, bakeries and boutiques, were considered too dangerous to walk down by locals. Some of the newer coffee shops to open up in Clinton Hill are Clinton Park Café, nestled snugly on a brownstone block, Outpost Café, and Urban Vintage.

Among the older establishments sharing the limelight of the up and coming area are Clinton Hill Simply Art and Framing Gallery, which has been around for more than 21 years and Mike’s Coffee Shop which has been there for more than 70 years.

Clinton Hill was named after DeWitt Clinton, New York’s sixth governor. Built on lovely, tree-lined streets are a nice selection of majestic brownstones, historic mansions and quite a fair number of Victorians.

“You can tell when you’re in Clinton Hill; it’s beautiful and quiet,” said Todd Triplett, a resident for 13 years and owner of FREECANDY, a mixed-use art gallery and music at 905 Atlantic Avenue.

“A lot of people don’t view Clinton Hill as a second choice because it’s improving. Families can be very happy here,” Wilchfort said. “And I don’t think it’s in any danger of becoming over-gentrified.”

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