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Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn

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Green-Wood Cemetery's Gothic Arch. Located at 500 25th Street and 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.

Greenwood Heights is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn that takes part of its name from the neighborhood proximity to the Green-Wood Cemetery. Greenwood Heights is a part of Brooklyn Community Board 7 along with Windsor Terrace, Sunset Park and South Slope. The much-debated borders are, roughly, the Prospect Expressway to the north, Gowanus Canal and Upper New York Bay to the west, Eighth Avenue to the east, and 39th Street to the south (along the southern boundary of the Green-Wood Cemetery and northern boundary of the 36th-38th Street Yard and South Brooklyn Railway).[1]

Greenwood Heights is a mixed neighborhood of Hispanics, older Polish American and Italian American families, Chinese, African American, and middle class Brooklynites who have relocated from other higher-priced neighborhoods.[2]


It was one of the sites of the sprawling Battle of Brooklyn (Battle of Long Island) in August 1776, a pivotal battle in the American Revolutionary War to famous residents of Green-Wood Cemetery. In the 19th through middle 20th centuries the economy was dominated by the working Brooklyn waterfront.

During the mid-20th century, what is now Greenwood Heights was also called Bush Terminal. The name applied to what is now the Industry City complex west of Third Avenue and the Gowanus Expressway.[citation needed] By the late 1980s through early 2000s, the area was called Greenwood Heights.[3][4]

Recent new real estate development, curbed with the rezoning of the area in November 2005,[5] has brought an influx of luxury condominium apartments into a residential area that was mainly made up of 1- and 2-family homes. Post-rezoning, while new development sites have occurred, there has been a new trend of home renovations, many of them "gut renovations" but others taking neglected c. 1900 wood-frame houses and restoring them to their historical look.


The neighborhood is served by the 36th Street, 25th Street, and Prospect Avenue stations on the New York City Subway's BMT Fourth Avenue Line, served by the D, ​N, ​R, and ​W trains.

Greenwood Heights' architectural mix of wood frame, vinyl sided and brick homes gives the area an eclectic look and feel, different from its neighbors Park Slope to the north and Sunset Park to the south.

It has a primary school, Public School 172. In 1995, Al-Noor School, a private school teaching Arabic and Islamic culture was established on between 20th and 21st street on 4th avenue.[6]


  1. ^ Goodloe, Kate (2007-05-17). "South of Park Slope, a Neighborhood Awakens". New York Sun. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
  2. ^ Bureau, U.S. Census. "American FactFinder - Results".
  3. ^ Foderaro, Lisa W. (March 29, 1987). "POSTINGS: TOWN HOUSES; Capitalizing On a Name". The New York Times. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Cohen, Joyce (February 4, 2001). "If You're Thinking of Living In/Sunset Park, Brooklyn; Historic Character and Foreign Accents". The New York Times. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  5. ^ New York City Planning Commission: Commission Report (2005-10-19)
  6. ^ "Where Islam Meets 'Brave New World'". New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2015.

Coordinates: 40°39′31″N 73°59′59″W / 40.658748°N 73.99964°W / 40.658748; -73.99964