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Cleveland's Old Brooklyn Neighborhood


Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood

A Typical House in Old Brooklyn

(© Stu Spivack/cc license) Our Lady of Good Counsel, Old Brooklyn, Ohio

Our Lady of Good Counsel

(© Stu Spivack/cc license) Deaconess Hospital, Cleveland Ohio

Deaconess Hospital, Cleveland Ohio

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Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood, on the city's west side, is nestled between Brooklyn, Parma, and the industrial valley.

The city, founded in 1814, is known for its greenhouses, turn-of-the century doubles and bungalows, and quiet tree-lined streets. It's also home to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, historic Riverside Cemetery, and Drew Carey's boyhood home.


The Old Brooklyn area was first settled in 1814, around what is now Pearl and Broadview Roads. The area was (and still is) known for its many greenhouses along Schaaf Road, some of the first in the country to grow vegetables in such structures.


According to the 2000 census, there are 34,169 residents in Old Brooklyn. Ninety-one percent of the population is white, 3 percent African-American, and 6 percent Hispanic. The median household income is $35,234.

The majority of Old Brooklyn's housing (67 percent) is single family homes, the the balance two and three-family dwellings. The neighborhood's South Hills area is one of the most desirable addresses in Cleveland.


Old Brooklyn has several distinct shopping areas. The traditional, Post-War era shopping is located along Pearl and Broadview Roads. Newer shopping districts have developed, including the Memphis-Fulton shopping center. Among Old Brooklyn favorites include the Honey Hut Ice Cream Shop and the Sausage Shoppe.


Many distinctive churches dot the Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Some of the most interesting of these are St. Mary's Byzantine Church on State Road and Our Lady of Good Counsel on Pearl Road.

Parks and Recreation:

Old Brooklyn includes the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, several neighborhood parks, and the Estabrook Rec Center, which has a swimming pool, a gymnasium, a playground, and arts and crafts classes.


Old Brooklyn residents attend Cleveland Public Schools.

(updated 6-03-08)

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