Also known as the Archwood-Denison neighborhood, Brooklyn Centre is located about ten minutes from downtown, accessible from Interstate 71 at the West 25th Street Exit. A historic district in the Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor, the neighborhood is roughly bounded by 1-71, Pearl Rd. and Big Creek Valley, in Cleveland. The Upper Flats creates the eastern edge of the district while Daisy Avenue, Sackett Avenue and I-71 defines the northern edge. Big Creek Valley and Brookside Park provide the western border. The historic homes and landmarks of Brooklyn Centre are nestled along the edge of Lower Big Creek Valley, close to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Brookside Reservation. The neighborhood is anchored by MetroHealth Medical Center, one of the area's leading trauma centers.
Established in the early 1800s, the neighborhood acted as a small trading post within the area once known as the township of Brooklyn. One of the older residential communities in Cleveland, Brooklyn Centre features a variety of architectural styles including Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and Bungalow. Located just south of the Medina Freeway (also known as I-71), Archwood Avenue is a particularly good example of the type of broad streets found in this district that have large houses with spacious lots.
One of the neighborhood's hidden gems is Art House. The organization was founded in 1999 by local artists and residents dedicated to the belief that the arts enrich lives and help create better communities. Our 3,000 square foot studio facility is housed in a 1948 domed Quonset building. Their mission is to make art accessible to Brooklyn Centre and the Greater Cleveland community by providing instruction, encouragement, and facilities. They provide high quality visual and creative arts classes for people of all ages and skill levels. The organization strives to enrich the lives of those who live in the Brooklyn Centre community, to encourage and strengthen the careers of local artists and to promote learning through the arts.
Located in the southwest corner of the neighborhood, Brookside Park was the site of many games of the Cleveland Amateur Baseball Association. The Association was formed to organize local amateur players in 1910 at a time when the professional Cleveland "Naps" were not doing so well. The stadium drew 6,000 to 8,000 fans regularly and up to 100,000 for special events. The stadium was natural in that the fans would sit on the hillside to watch the games. The stadium can still be seen today at the foot of Fulton Road hill, at the corner of Fulton Road and Denison Avenue.
In January 2007, the Steelyard Commons opened as the first shopping center to be built within the city of Cleveland in several decades. The site, which once housed the LTV Steel finishing mill, combines retail, restaurants, and recreation facilities. The design pays homage to the site's industrial background and makes use of reclaimed steel framing as well as a variety of salvaged artifacts. The shopping center is located
Archwood Street Fair | Annually; first weekend of June and September
Old Brooklyn was organized in 1818 with roots in the original Brooklyn Township. Annexation to the City of Cleveland occurred in stages, beginning in 1905 and continuing through 1927. Greenhouse gardening began on Schaaf Road in 1887 and in the mid 20th-century gave the area the title of "Greenhouse Capital of the United States".
Recently, the Old Brooklyn neighborhood has been a popular location for redevelopment and revitalization. Established in 1975, the mission of Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation is to develop and revitalize the community by uniting and empowering residents, business leaders, and government around plans and initiatives and achieve social, economic & civic improvements. The organization was created to serve neighborhood locals, provide local news, and educated community members on how to get involved.
Located just a few miles from downtown Cleveland, the Old Brooklyn neighborhood is a vibrant community just south of the city. The Old Brooklyn neighborhood features popular clothing stores, brunch spots, restaurants, coffee shops, and low-key neighborhood bars. Old Brooklyn is Cleveland's accessible, family-friendly neighborhood where business and people come to grow.
Old Brooklyn is also home to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Connected to the zoo is the Brookside Reservation with nature trails through wild and open parkland. The Reservation was one of the City of Cleveland's oldest neighborhood parks before its acquisition by Cleveland Metroparks in 1993. The land was purchased in 1894 and has been a center for recreation since the early 1900s. Still a recreation hub, the area now boasts baseball and soccer/football fields. The 132-acre reservation serves as a refuge for diverse wildlife in an urban setting. It is also an attractive spot for area picnickers and a resting site for walkers, cyclists and others who use the All Purpose Trail. The reservation also features mitigated wetlands, mature forests, and managed meadows, which provide diverse habitats for urban wildlife viewing.
2019 Old Brooklyn Farmers Market | Saturday mornings during the summer from 9a to 1p
Cleveland Summer Cinema 2019 | Tuesday Nights during the summer at 7p in Loew Park
Old Brooklyn PierogiFest | August 10th, 2019 from 3:00p to 10:00p
Smorgasbord Street Fest 2019 | July 28, 2019 from 5:00p to 9:30p
A true hidden gem of Cleveland, the historic St. Clair-Superior neighborhood is located just east of downtown. Minutes from both Lake Erie, the neighborhood has convenient access to both I-90 and Route 2. The community was established in the 1860s and has seen expansive changes over the years since. With downtown Cleveland bordering the neighborhood to the west, Lake Erie to the north, and Chester Avenue to the south (Superior to the south, east of East 55th Street), the area stretches to Rockefeller Park.
Popular for its indoor shopping area carved out of old factories, the neighborhood features a number of shopping plazas including the Asia Plaza located on E. 30th Street and Payne Avenue as well as Asia Town Center on E. 38th Street. The plaza is home to a number of unique stores and restaurants as well as the Park to Shop grocery store. Galleries and live-work lofts coexist on tree-lined streets with modest homes and quaint urban gardens. A majority of the residential communities run north-to-south between the main roads of St. Clair, Superior Avenue, Payne Avenue, and Chester Avenue. The main roads running east-to-west are primarily home to converted warehouses and the neighborhoods dozens of incredible restaurants.
With over 30 restaurants, cafes, and shops, the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood is a vibrant community bursting with culture, diversity, and a staunch support for small businesses. Well known for its various asian cuisines, the neighborhood is home to a wide variety of foods including Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese, Croatian, Ethiopian, and Soul Food.
The neighborhood is a frequent location for a number of festivals and events. One of the more popular is the Cleveland Flea; a local organization created to support local and small business vendors. The event was started in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood in Tyler Village; a warehouse park located on Superior Avenue. In addition to the Cleveland Flea, the neighborhood hosts the yearly Cleveland Asian Festival during the month of May. The Cleveland Asian Festival is a grassroots festival that highlight Cleveland's AsiaTown, diversity, and Asian culture in northeast Ohio. Other events include the Night Market on the last Friday of every month during the summer and the annual Asiatown food tour held in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood that visits a number of the community's best restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores.
Another popular cultural festivals is the annual Cleveland Kurentovanje festival. The event is held at the end of February through the beginning of March and is a multi-day "Slovenian Mardi Gras" festival, celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Founded in 2013 and volunteer-organized, Cleveland Kurentovanje is filled with cultural and festive events, and culminates in a day-long Parade & Festival celebration on Saturday complete with costumes, a parade, ethnic food and drink, musical and cultural performances, and Kurents — mythical creatures who are believed to chase away winter and usher in spring.
2019 Cleveland Kurentovanje | Monday, February 25th - Saturday, March 2nd
The Cleveland Flea | Saturday/Sunday, May 4th-5th, 2019, July 13th-14th, 2019, September 21st-22nd, 2019
Cleveland Asian Festival | Saturday/Sunday, May 18th-19th, 2019
Night Market Cleveland | Friday, June 21st, July 26th, August 30th, June 27th
Asiatown Food Tour | Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
IngenuityFest 2019 | Friday, September 27th - Sunday, September 29th
Founded in 1870 as the Village of Glenville, the neighborhood was annexed to the city of Cleveland in 1905 and is known for its lush greenery, parks, and lake access. Glenville is located just a short distance from downtown Cleveland and is bordered by MLK Jr. Drive to the west, Lake Erie to the north, Lakeview Road to the east, and Wade Park Avenue to the south. The historic, tree-lined East Boulevard runs along MLK Jr. drive with dozens of ornately designed homes featuring grand porches, leaded glass windows, brick chimneys, and park views. Famously known as the birthplace of Superman in 1932, the popular comic book character was created out of the home of Jerry Siegel who grew up in a house still present on Kimberly Avenue.
Glenville's Gordon Park opened in 1893 and originally sat on a total of 122 acres of land adjacent Lake Erie on the city's East Side. It is named in honor of philanthropist and industrialist William J. Gordon, who originally owned and developed the land as part of his estate. In 1978 the section of the park adjacent to the lakeshore was incorporated, along with five other individual recreational areas along the lake, into the larger state-funded district known as Cleveland Lakefront State Park. Most recently, Gordon Park became part of the Cleveland Metroparks system; which includes 18 reservations and more than 23,000 acres of park space.
The Rockefeller Greenhouse was completed in 1905 and was originally intended to be used to grow the plants used to landscape city parks and gardens. Since its development, the Greenhouse and grounds have evolved into a first-rate botanical facility containing specialty plant collections, seasonal floral displays, and theme gardens. The greenhouse was built on a portion of the 270 acres donated to the City by John D. Rockefeller soon to be called Rockefeller and Gordon Parks. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens were built on the remaining acres; lining MLK Jr. Boulevard and East Boulevard with gardens designed to commemorate different ethnic groups whose immigrants have contributed to the heritage of the United States over the centuries, as well as Cleveland
Pipe'n Hot Grill
Recently, the neighborhood of Glenville welcomed the New East Side Market located at the corner of St Clair and E. 105th. The market is a neighborhood indoor fresh market venue and facility. It is anchored by a full-service grocery store offering healthy and fresh, organic, locally grown produce, fresh meats, fish, prepared meals, and other specialty food and beverage items. In addition to the new market, the Gateway 105 Farmers Market is held every Friday during the warmer months. The market is Glenville's own Farmer and Maker's Market with fresh and local produce, local artisan crafts, and live music! Each Friday there are different activities for visitors to enjoy including a monthly market dedicated to sustainability.