Meet: Old Brooklyn

Meet: Old BrooklynAdam Scraga and Sara LiptakOld Brooklyn Community Development Corporation

Old Brooklyn is a neighborhood of Cleveland located approximately five miles south of Downtown and is home to roughly 32,000 residents.

In the late 1800s, Old Brooklyn was among the first areas in the Midwest to use greenhouses to grow vegetables, and by the 1920s, the neighborhood was one of the nation’s leading producers of greenhouse vegetables.

Between 1920 and 1960, Old Brooklyn was at its peak creating shopping districts along Pearl, Broadview and State Roads, all major commercial-driving areas. Home to the original Honey Hut ice cream shop, which was founded in 1974 and now has five locations in Northeast Ohio, this shop is a main attraction to residents of the neighborhood and local surrounding areas.

Brookside Reservation, located in the southwestern part of Cleveland at Fulton Road and Denison Avenue, is one of the city’s oldest municipal parks. Originally named Brooklyn Park in the late 1800s, it features a variety of recreational activities. The 135-acre park includes baseball and soccer fields, paths and wildlife.

Harmody Park on Mayview Avenue also includes baseball fields, tennis courts, bike trails and connects to the Towpath Trail.

Old Brooklyn is also home to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, which was established in 1908. Housing values in Old Brooklyn remain among the highest in Cleveland.

South of Tremont, Old Brooklyn’s neighborhood boasts beautiful homes, high-performing schools and award-winning businesses and parks. Businesses in the neighborhood benefit from location, as well as affordable space.

Old Brooklyn is diverse and multi-generational. According to the Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation (CDC) 2015 annual report, the neighborhood is a great place to grow and a place where people have established roots.

The CDC has completed a strategic plan. Created in partnership with more than 1,000 stakeholders, Old Brooklyn 2020 (OB2020) is a five-year organizational plan that will guide its efforts. Objectives in OB2020 include fostering a healthy community, leading development for business and people to grow, increasing awareness of the neighborhood and ensuring that Old Brooklyn’s CDC is a strong, responsive community backbone.