Fort Greene is one of the most beautiful, historic brownstone neighborhoods in Brooklyn. It is becoming increasingly popular for those looking to settle down outside of the city. The neighborhood offers a more relaxed pace while still maintaining a youthful, vibrant energy. To educate small businesses about tourism in in the area, we partnered with Airbnb and the Myrtle Ave Brooklyn BID and hosted the first-ever Fort Greene Small Business Social event of its kind in the neighborhood.
During the meet-up, Airbnb hosts and business owners learned how they can contribute to communities like Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Prospect Heights by encouraging and offering tourists staying locally suggestions on places to eat, shop, and play, and spend money. Local businesses like the Greene Grape Annex, a neighborhood staple café and bar that provides a gathering place for the community, Seven Pan-Point Espresso, a newly opened Australian café and the sixth location for a Melbourne-based restaurant group and its first in America, Hill Country Barbecue which honors the barbecue and live music capital of Texas were among the many businesses in attendance.
The event took place at Putnam’s Pub – a go-to destination pub offering high quality food and cocktails. It was the perfect environment for the meet up. It recently reopened after a Valentine’s Day fire that burst through its ceiling and the building’s second floor, causing the bar to suffer both water and structural damages and temporarily displacing more than a dozen tenants. The restaurant has happily reopened to the delight of the community. Its business hours run from Monday-Friday from 11am-4am, weekend 10am-4am and offers happy hours Monday-Friday from 4pm-7pm.
Local businesses and Airbnb hosts networking together.
Andrew Hoan – Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO
Meredith Phillips Almeida – Executive Director, Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership / Myrtle Ave Brooklyn BID supports local businesses in the community, improving the quality of life of the surrounding neighborhoods.
Kelly – Community Organizer, Airbnb addressing the crowd on the importance of the community working together to offer guests a better experience and to help local businesses benefit along the way.
Scroll down for more images from our Fort Greene / Clinton Hill meet-up and stay tuned for our next small business social event with local community hosts and small businesses from Coney Island later this month.