New Yorkers seeking relief from the city’s chaos will find a fitting refuge in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighborhood. The Great American poet Walt Whitman once described the area as a haven for those “determined to escape from the closeness of city life.” As a longtime resident, Whitman intimately understood the power of its serenity. Visitors and homeowners today are drawn to that same sense of cool.
There is something wild and exciting just beneath the surface of this north-central Brooklyn neighborhood. All the calm in the world cannot hide the quiet vibrancy or the hum of excitement that circles the area like an aura. Though “The Hill,” as it is often called, reaches a maximum elevation of only 95 feet, there was a time when people traveled far and wide to enjoy its relative elevation, believing that the lower-lying neighborhoods harbored more germs. They saw something downright “healthy” about Clinton Hill.