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Artist rendering of the proposed waterfront streetcar via Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector

Prospective residents of the new mixed use development at Navy Green, straddling the borders of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, may wonder about the Brooklyn Navy Yard a couple blocks to the north. What does it have to offer people who live in the area?

Right now, the Navy Yard is primarily an industrial park where a thriving community of artists and craftspeople, manufacturers and distributors, and other Brooklyn entrepreneurs ply their trade. Its visitor center, BLDG92, stages exhibitions, events, and tours that showcase the past, present and future of this historic landmark.

But what’s really exciting about the Navy Yard is what’s coming in the near future. With a cash infusion of as much as $140 million flooding the area, there are a host of new developments in the works, including a high-end food court at Building 77, a 74,000-square-foot Wegmans supermarket, the expansion of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway, and — perhaps — Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious plan for a streetcar which will connect the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts from Sunset Park to Astoria. Read on to find out more.

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The wait is almost over: Phase 1 of the townhouses at Navy Green are within weeks of occupancy. By the time the snow from this blizzard melts, you could be settling into one of these airy three- or four-bedroom homes, each featuring over 3,000 square feet of space.

We recently went on a tour of one of the homes, and when we weren’t too busy daydreaming of living here ourselves, we took plenty of pictures of the interiors for you to check out. Come on inside!

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One of the many joys of living in Brooklyn is its cosmopolitan culture. Living in one of the world’s great melting pots means that you get to enjoy arts, culture — and yes, food — from all over the world.

Navy Green, the new development of condos and townhomes that now stand across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is situated in the middle of some of Brooklyn’s most multicultural neighborhoods. Located on the border of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, in a historic area known to some as Wallabout, Navy Green gives its residents the chance to step out and get a taste of world cuisines only a short walk from their front door.

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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.

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Big news on the homefront: condo units are now available at Navy Green, a new village of condos and townhomes in the historic neighborhood near the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Located at 8 Vanderbilt Avenue, Navy Green offers 24 market-rate condos on floors 8 through 12, all one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes. Each features open, modern layouts and large windows, filling each unit with natural light. There is five-inch plank, white oak flooring throughout, Kitchen Aid and Bosch kitchen appliances, and Grohe fittings in the baths.

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If you have a family, you know what it’s like. Every time you try to leave the house with your kids it’s a production every bit as big as that of a Michael Bay blockbuster.

If you’re going to go through all that just to leave the house, you’d better have something worth leaving for.

Navy Green is on the border of two neighborhoods — Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — which should keep you and your family occupied. Navy Green will make that decision to leave even more difficult, but the neighborhood options are endless whether you’ve got the kids, or you’ve paid a sitter for a much-needed break.

The three-story, single-family townhouses at Navy Green have everything you could want in a family home: three or four bedrooms, two full and two half bathrooms, a back garden with a patio, media room dishwasher, utility room with washer/dryer.

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Navy Green is a new development in the historic neighborhood near the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Taking up almost the entire block where the Navy Brig once stood — bounded by Park, Clermont, Flushing and Vanderbilt Avenues — Navy Green is a village of townhomes and condos surrounding a 30,000-square-foot common green. Residents of this development will be able to enjoy this quiet neighborhood’s many charms, including the restaurants, bars and shops of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, the nearby Brooklyn Greenway, Navy Yard attractions, and even a brand-new Wegmans supermarket.

The neighborhood adjacent to the Brooklyn Navy Yard — sometimes referred to as Wallabout, sometimes as extensions of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — was once described by the founder of Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program as an “outdoor architectural museum.” Belgians settled in the area as early as 1624, but Wallabout (from the Dutch Waal-bogt, meaning “a bend in the harbor”) remained largely rural until the opening of the Navy Yard in 1801. Many of the houses in the neighborhood were built for the people who worked at the yard, which was shut down in 1966 and gradually converted into the center for industry and the arts it is today.

Following are some of the best attractions in the neighborhood around Navy Green.

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The developer of Navy Green, the big multi-building, multi-phase mixed-income development on the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill border, has started taking lottery applications for affordable condos. Qualified applicants will get to live in a 12-story, 99-unit building under construction at 8 Vanderbilt Avenue, on the corner of Flushing. There are 74 income-restricted condos ranging from one to three bedrooms, as well as a courtyard, playground, storage units, bike parking and roof terrace, according to the building’s website.

One-bedrooms will start at $230,000, two-bedrooms at $330,000 and three-bedrooms at $410,000. Income ranges set by the HPD start at $54,000 for a single person and go all the way up to $175,350 for a family of six. Fill out an application and mail it in by May 26. Anyone who wants to apply can attend informational seminars on April 2 and 15 from 6 to 8 pm, at Founder’s Hall at Francis College, located at 180 Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights.

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Construction is moving along in the next phase of the massive Navy Green mixed income housing development. It looks like five or six stories out of 12 have gone up so far at this condo building at 8 Vanderbilt Avenue at the corner of Flushing Avenue. It will have 98 income-restricted and market rate condominium units available. The bulk of the units, 74 of them, will be sold at prices affordable to moderate and middle income households. The rest, 24, will be sold at market rates. It will also have 1,600 square feet of retail space facing Flushing Avenue. Next to the building on Vanderbilt, 23 market rate townhouses are planned as well.

The Navy Green development is a block-sized mixed income residential (both rental and condo) and retail complex that has been in the works for over a decade and has cost over $85,200,000 in city and state funds. The first tenants moved into their income-restricted rental units at 45 Clermont Avenue in December of 2012. The project takes up the entire block between Park Avenue and Flushing Avenue Clermont Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue. When it’s complete, Navy Green will have 400,000 square feet of residential space.

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