With almost 9,000 buildings built before 1900, Stuyvesant Heights has a vast collection of intact Victorian architecture that is luring pioneers to this newly-on-the-radar neighborhood. As it is only now emerging from a long period of economic woe, these treasures have not been destroyed by misguided trends of the past. Little by little, they are being snatched up and restored, along with the neighborhood, to their full glory. Critically acclaimed restaurants, wine stores, and gastro pubs have followed.
An eclectic mix of students, architects, lawyers, and long-time residents gives Stuyvesant Heights color. Block parties, street festivals, and Sunday morning church services all showcase the strong community spirit. Culinary choices mirror the diversity of the population; Ali’s Trinidad Roti Shop sits next door to a new American restaurant. Ownership of David’s Brisket House was passed from Jewish immigrants to a Muslim partner.
The neighborhood is made up mostly of three and four story brownstones and row houses. Much of the neighborhood has been designated a landmarked historic district. For now, money goes farther here than in other brownstone-laden sections of Brooklyn.
Stuyvesant Heights is served by the A and C subway lines. It’s about 20 minutes into Manhattan.