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Located in the emerging neighbourhood of Crow Hill, the area around Sterling Place at Franklin Avenue is a friendly, lively multi-cultural mix of Urban African-Caribbean culture with a congenial blend of families, students and “artistic” types.  It is primarily English-speaking Caribbean & African [Trinidadian, Jamaican, Nigerian, etc.] but there are also people from Haiti, Mali, Senegal, etc., so both English & French are spoken on the street.

The West Indian Labour-Day Parade is held every September right down the street on Eastern Parkway.

This is an architecturally gracious older area just starting to come back from several decades of neglect.  It was built up at about the time of the end of the US Civil War as a prosperous middle-class community and many of the building and the general public landscaping/layout is quite beautiful [it has, as they say "good bones"].

It is part of the garden district that surrounds Prospect Park, Brooklyn's answer to Central Park. You can walk [really!  it is only five short blocks away] to Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, etc.  Also great shopping [Antiques!] on trendy Atlantic Avenue & in Green Point as well as dining & groceries in NYC’s Arab Quarter is a short bus-ride away, etc.

The area is extremely well-situated for public transport.  It’s about fifteen minutes to Wall Street & twenty minutes to Union Square during rush-hour. 

The Franklin Avenue Station with the No. 4 & No. 5, [the east side lines] and the No. 2 & No. 3 [the west side lines] is three blocks away at Eastern Parkway.  It is one block to the Franklin Avenue Shuttle at Park Place.   Also the B45 Bus & B48 Bus to Downtown Brooklyn including the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM),  the Atlantic Terminal Mall, the Fulton Street Mall, MetroTech Centre, etc. stop right at the corner.

It is quick and easy to get to the Brooklyn College Campus of CUNY via the No. 5 Subway Line; a short walk [or bus-ride if you prefer] to the Medgar Evers Campus of CUNY and a convenient subway or bus ride to the campuses of many other institutions in Downtown Brooklyn or Manhattan.