The main thoroughfare through this neighborhood in Eastern Parkway, a tree-lined boulevard extending two miles east-west.
Crown Heights today is bounded by Washington Avenue (to the west), Altantic Avenue (to the north), East New York (to the east) and Empire Blvd (to the south). It is about two miles (3km) long and two miles (3km) deep. These neighborhoods boarder Crown height: Prospect Heights (to the west); Flatbush (to the south); Brownsville (to the southeast); and Bedford-Stuyvesant (to the north).
Crown Heights has began a posh residential neighborhood, a ‘’bedroom” for Manhattan’s growing bourgeois class. The area benefited by having its rapid transit in a subway configuration (the IRT line underneath Eastern Parkway), in contrast to many other Brooklyn neighborhoods that have elevated lines. Beginning in the early 1900’s, many upper-class residents, including charactertic brownstone buildings, were erected along Eastern Parkway. Away from the parkway were a mixture of lower middle-class residences. This development peaked in the 1920s.
Crown Heights today has extreme contrasts between lovely architecture and vacant, run down buildings, and variety of peoples and shops, ranging from a mix of bearded, dark-suit wearing Hasidim to vividly and brightly dressed Afro-Caribbean residents. Rising real estate values and gentrification have also recently become part of this mix.
Crown Heights is served by the IRT Eastern Parkway Line/RT New Lots Line, with a major station at Utica Avenue. Several bus lines serve the station, including the B14, B17, and B45, and the B65 run north of Eastern Parkway.