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Fulton Mall in Downtown Brooklyn is bustling.

New Life is Breathed into Brooklyn's Government and Commercial Center

Located between the more picturesque neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights and Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn was previously just a government offices and a shopping strip. In recent years, an influx of new condo buildings and hotels has added life to the neighborhood.

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At a Glance

  • Namesake: Fulton Street is named after Robert Fulton, who established a commuter ferry to Manhattan and helped spark Brooklyn's population boom in the early 1800s.
  • Screen time: Borough Hall first served as Brooklyn's court house and jail — its old courtroom is used as a set on shows like Law and Order.
  • Historic site: Historians argue that 227 Duffield Street was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Efforts are underway to convert the home into a museum.

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About Downtown Brooklyn

Downtown Brooklyn is the historic commercial heart of Brooklyn. Its central location, shopping destinations and dense office buildings bring diverse, bustling crowds during the day. Shoppers cruise the Fulton Street Mall while lawyers head to the Kings County Court Room and politicians work inside the historic Borough Hall. The 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, F, N and R subway trains all stop nearby. Recently, a wave of residential development and shiny new condo towers have brought more full-time residents. Read More [+]

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