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The Ashland—a new, well-appointed residential building in Brooklyn—is a city dweller’s dream when it comes to amenities, home decor, and location. The building has its own library, billiards room, private lounges, and a fitness studio, and the apartments have wide-planked oak flooring, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. As for location, The Ashland is just a short walk, bike ride, or drive from all your favorite Fort Greene destinations.

Walk over to Habana Outpost, which touts itself as “New York’s first eco-eatery,” for Cuban and Mexican fare. The classic Cuban sandwich here is mouthwatering enough to be listed as one of the “10 Best Sandwiches in NYC” by This restaurant shows pop-culture movies outdoors on Sunday summer nights and even has a children’s “touch and smell” herb garden with olfactory delights such as lavender and thyme.

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The independent Greenlight Bookstore, easily within walking distance, has its own First Editions Club that features signed hardcover copies of staff-selected books on a monthly basis. Author story time, led by book authors, illustrators, and store staff, entertains young children every Saturday. The tween set may enjoy the monthly Young Readers Book Group, offering classic and contemporary books paired with every kid’s favorite: pizza.

During warm months, a Saturday spent at Brooklyn Flea gives residents of The Ashland the opportunity to take in all things eclectic, from vintage clothing to bicycle paintings, beer-making supplies, and antiques. As the flea market’s website states, it is “part vintage bazaar, part hipster hang, part old-fashioned town square, and part food bonanza,” and that is exactly why so many enjoy this weekly event.