The neighborhood of Greenwood Heights is located between Park Slope and Sunset Park, extending from the north-west side of Green-Wood Cemetery to the Upper New York Bay waterfront just south of the Gowanus Canal. Greenwood Heights borders Park Slope to the north (at Prospect Expressway), the cemetery park to the east (at 5th Avenue), and Sunset Park to the south (along 38th Street). The Gowanus Expressway, part of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway network, makes up the neighborhood’s western boundary, with the industrial waterfront district beyond.
The architecture of Greenwood Heights is diverse, ranging from wood-frame rowhouses to detached brick apartment houses, two-family brownstones to mixed-use brick buildings. A potential buyer can have their choice of locations, styles, and sizes – whether looking for a primary residence, a rental, or an income-producing multi-family building.
Greenwood Heights is located on higher ground than neighboring South Slope and Sunset Park, and as a result, many buildings in this area have great views of the bay, as well as the Manhattan skyline and the Staten Island and New Jersey shorelines. The eastern view is filled with a serene perspective of Greenwood’s hillsides, trees, and lakes.
The neighborhood is ideally situated in terms of transportation, both public and automobile. Third Avenue is served by the B37 local bus, as well as four express buses to Manhattan (X27, X28, X37, and X38). Fourth Avenue carries 4 subway lines (D and N express, M and R local). Fifth Avenue is served by the B63 local bus. In addition, south Greenwood Heights is served by the B35 and B70 local buses, and the north-east part of the neighborhood is covered by the B67, B69, B75, and B103 local buses, as well as the X29 Manhattan express. There’s no place in Greenwood Heights where you have to walk more than two blocks to reach public transportation.
Auto-commuters enjoy the benefits of two major highways that lead directly to East River crossings. The Gowanus Expressway (Fifth Avenue overpass) and the Prospect Expressway (19th Street / Prospect Avenue overpass) give Greenwood Heights residents their choice of getting across the river via the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, the Brooklyn Bridge, or the Manhattan Bridge.
One of the advantages of living in Greenwood Heights is the variety of natural resources located nearby – the Green-Wood Cemetery, Prospect Park, Sunset Park, and the waterfront district. Greenwood Heights adjoins the 478-acre Green-Wood Cemetery, with over 20 miles of walking paths and rolling hills, as well as stunning views of the harbor. Battle Hill, Brooklyn’s highest point, is also located on the cemetery grounds.
Nearby 585-acre Prospect Park complex offers a 114-acre forest, a lake with a 90-acre meadow (largest urban-park meadow in the nation), athletic equipment and fields, tours and community events, and much more. Located within the park’s grounds is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, its 52-acre expanse filled with over 10,000 species of plants. The Grand Army Plaza complex, Prospect Park’s majestic main entrance, includes landmarks such as the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the main location of the Brooklyn Public Library. South Greenwood Heights residents also enjoy the 24.5-acre Sunset Park with its renovated playgrounds and one of NYC’s 11 public outdoor pools.
The shopping and dining experience in Greenwood Heights is similar to Park Slope, with plenty of stores, bars, and restaurants along the avenues. Only a few blocks away, Park Slope itself offers over 200 restaurants along 5th and 7th Avenues. The neighborhood is also conveniently close to the massive Atlantic Terminal Mall, the new 50,000-square-foot Fairway gourmet market in Red Hook, and the vibrant 86th Street commercial district in Bay Ridge. Overall, Greenwood Heights offers an unbeatable combination of value, easy commute, great views, natural resources, and plenty of conveniences.