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By Albert Samaha
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Boundaries: Atlantic Avenue to the north, Empire Boulevard to the south, Ralph Avenue to the east, and Flatbush Avenue to the west
Transportation: Take the 3, 4, A, or C train to Franklin, Nostrand, Kingston, or Utica avenues; 50 to 55 minutes from Grand Central and Penn stations. Due to track work, express trains occasionally run local, which can throw you off if you're already running late. Many buses also run through the area, including the 14, 17, 35, 45, and 46.
Main Drags: Utica and Nostrand avenues
Average Price to Rent: Studio, $600 to $700; one-bedroom, $750 to $800; two-bedroom, $850 to $900
Average Price to Buy: Studio co-op: $150,000; one-bedroom co-op, $185,000; two-bedroom co-op, $265,000; brownstones, $325,000 and up
Landmarks: The Studebaker Building (1469 Bedford Avenue) is a neo-Gothic architectural treasure built in 1920 and designed by Manhattan-based architects Tooker and Marsh. It's one of the few automobile showrooms remaining on Brooklyn's once thriving Automobile Row. The Ebbets Field housing projects occupy the site the Brooklyn Dodgers called home until 1957.
Cultural Institutions: Check out "Exposed: The Victorian Nude" at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (200 Eastern Parkway) through January 5, which features some 150 works ranging from painting and sculpture to cartoons, photography, and movies. The Chassidic Art Institute (375 Kingston Avenue) is the world's first organization to exclusively promote and exhibit the inspired work of Hasidic artists.
Green Space: Escape to the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1000 Washington Avenue), which features shrines, waterfalls, and ponds. Try looking at your reflection in the Lily Pool, where two large, rectangular pools bloom with a variety of tropical water lilies all summer long. Crown Heights also borders on Prospect Park, a green, idyllic open space that's a favorite for joggers, sunbathers, and summer barbecuers.
Famous Residents: Actress and singer Stephanie Mills and rapper Skoob of Das EFX are Crown Heights natives.
Community Events: The West Indian Day Parade is a three-day, jammed session of partying that you won't want to miss. The first Monday of every September, Eastern Parkway is transformed into a kaleidoscope of dazzling colors from costumes, flags, and floats representing every Caribbean island. Masqueraders can be seen dancing to the invigorating sounds of steel pans, soca, calypso, and reggae music.
Best Restaurants: Gloria's In and Out Restaurant (745 Nostrand Avenue) offers tasty rotis, while McKenzie's Café (361 Utica Avenue) has finger-licking jerk chicken available in bucket sizes, as well as refreshing smoothies.
Best Bar: The plush Monoco Lounge (154 Utica Avenue) is big with locals, and bartender Jennifer serves up a slamming apple martini.
Local Politicians: Councilwoman Yvette Clarke and councilmen James E. Davis and Albert Vann; Assemblyman Clarence Norman Jr.; state senators John Sampson, Velmanette Montgomery, and Carl Andrews; and Congressman Major R. Owens. All are Democrats.
Crime Stats: The 77th Precinct serves Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, and Weeksville. As of December 1, it reported 14 murders, down five from last year; 40 rapes, same as last year; 463 robberies, up eight; 448 burglaries, down 84; and 443 felonious assaults, down 24.