It appears, as more newcomers enter the borough of Brooklyn, fewer can say for certain what neighborhood they actually live in.
This is due in part to realtors who routinely fudge the borders between adjacent neighborhoods—particularly if one neighborhood has, for whatever reason, more appeal over the other—in effort to sell or rent properties faster
The border between Bedford-Stuyvesant and Clinton Hill is a perfect example. You can find a bevy of new businesses that have opened in Bed-Stuy close to Clinton Hill’s border advertising their establishment as located in Clinton Hill or “Bedford-Hill,” or “Stuy-Hill” or “Clinton-Stuy,” either because they prefer to say they’re in Clinton Hill, or because they simply are not sure.
In the article, “You Say You Live Where? In Clinton-Stuy?” Patch addresses the discrepancy of Bed-Stuy’s borders. But the question continues to loom large with each wave of newcomers, as evidenced by the flurry of tweets about the subject, local blog postings and incorrect real estate listings.
So, where does Clinton Hill end and Bed-Stuy begin?
Bed-Stuy’s border to the north is Flushing Avenue, to the south, Atlantic Avenue, and to the east, Broadway Avenue. These borders separate Bed-Stuy from Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Bushwick and they have yet to be challenged.
But when it comes to Bed-Stuy’s border with Clinton Hill (and its fraternal twin sister, Fort Greene), that’s where it starts to get fuzzy.
So, what is your understanding of where Clinton Hill ends and Bed-Stuy begins? Take our poll, and tell us what you think in the comments.