Fall is one of Brooklyn’s best seasons. The trees lining our streets and parks are dressed in their glorious autumnal finery, the temperature drops enough that we can finally wear our nice sweaters and jackets, and the smell of wood burning isn’t limited to artisanal pizzerias. In the neighborhoods of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, fall means beautiful sights in Fort Greene Park, fun Halloween events, and going down Myrtle Avenue with a pumpkin latte to keep your hands warm.
It’s in this area that you can find Navy Green, a brand-new block of townhomes and market-rate condos. To really appreciate this vibrant part of Brooklyn that could become your new neighborhood, here are five things to do this autumn in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.
Show Clinton Hill You Scare
On the front lawn of 313 Clinton Street, this elaborate live show Halloween 313 has been entertaining thousands of visitors every October 31 since 1994. Past years’ themes have included “Pirates of the Scaribbean,” “Carnival of Carnage,” and “ApoCALYPSO,” and this year’s is “Malice in Underland.” The talented cast and crew, led by “Halloween lady” Janna Kennedy, create this spooky spectacle “for the love of their community and the Halloween spirit.”
Photo of “Carnival of Carnage” by Halloween 313.
Rooftop shiitake mushrooms by Brooklyn Grange via Facebook
Make Room for Mushrooms
There is always something going on just a few blocks away from Navy Green at Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, and fall is no exception. Tour your new farm and don’t miss their weekly workshops, which in the past have included Intro to Urban Agriculture, Beekeeping, Growing Mushrooms and Composting.
USS Maine by Brooklyn Navy Yard via Facebook
The Navy Yard in Your Backyard
The Brooklyn Navy Yard also has a packed fall schedule. The “Past, Present and Future Tour” will arm you with historical tidbits to impress your new neighbors. (Did you know about the dry dock that’s been in use since before the Civil War?)
Or, if you like to be a little more hands-on, sign up for the Make Your Own Cutting Board Workshop with artisans working in the Navy Yard. There are also bus tours and bike tours and yes, even a whiskey distillery tour.
Big Bird at the Great PUPkin Festival via Fort Greene PUPS
Dress Up Your Dog
Fort Greene Park, a short distance from Navy Green, is a great spot to take in some fall foliage. Enjoy the Fort Greene Tree Trail, catch a monster movie on the lawn, or get a close-up look at the historic Prison Ship Martyrs Monument.
Halloween fans will definitely want to deck themselves out for the 15th Annual Fort Greene Halloween Festival. And your four-footed friends aren’t left out either: get your puppy costumes in order for the 17th Annual Great PUPkin Festival.
Be One of the Commons People
When it’s time to head home, there’s no need to say goodbye to the beautiful weather and the falling leaves. The townhouses and condos of Navy Green surround a 30,000-square-foot common green, ideal for enjoying the passing of the seasons close to home. Each of the townhouses also has its own private garden area, while the condos feature a landscaped roof deck with impressive views.
To make Navy Green your new home, visit their website.