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Living In: Brownsville

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Located in eastern Brooklyn, the neighborhood of Brownsville does offer scattered NY apartments, but the majority of housing available here is within one of the various types of public housing projects that dominate the neighborhood. Brownsville apartments are bordered to the north by East New York (and the neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant); to the east and the south by the Long Island Rail Road rail yards (and East New York and Canarsie, respectively); and to the west by Remsen Avenue (and Flatbush). In addition to the prevalence of public housing projects--some report that the community has the highest concentration of such units in all of New York City--Brownsville housing stock also includes a significant number of multi-family, semi-detached row houses. Occasional stretches of tidy, newly-built, single-family, row- house-style homes--constructed, like much such development in this part of town, thanks to the Nehemiah project--complete the Brownsville housing picture. Brownsville has one park for its residents, the Betsy Head Memorial Playground, which includes playing fields, tennis courts, a running track, and a swimming pool that dates back to the WPA era. Commuters living in Brownsville apartments can choose from the 3, J, Z, A, C, and L trains to get to Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. The LIRR, with its East New York stop, gets you to Penn Station in about 20 minutes. The main commercial drive in Brownsville is Pitkin Avenue, though services and stores are still relatively sparse.

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  • 3
  • 4


  • Hs Redirection
  • Jhs 263 Esther Clark Hunter Jh
  • Jhs 275 Thelma Hamilton Jhs
  • Ps 140
  • Ps 150 Christopher School
  • Ps 156 Waverly School
  • Ps 165 Ida R. Posner School
  • Ps 183 Gen. D. Chappie James S
  • Ps 184-Newport Street School
  • Ps 284 Lew Wallace School
  • Ps 298 The Glenmore School
  • Ps 327 Dr. Rose B. English Sch
  • Ps 332 Charles Hamilton Housto
  • Ps 396
  • Ps 41 Walter F. White School


  • Amboy Neighborhood Center
  • Betsy Head Park
  • Brownsville Playground
  • Carter G. Woodson Children's Park
  • Chester Playground
  • Dr. Green Playground
  • Fantasy Garden
  • Floyd Patterson Ballfields
  • Garden
  • Gethsemane Garden
  • Hoparkinson R&l Block Association Garden
  • Houston Playground
  • Howard Av Block Association
  • Howard Malls
  • Howard Playground
  • Howard Pool
  • Jes Good Rewards Childeren's Garden
  • Livonia Park
  • Marcus Garvey Tenant's Assoc. Garden
  • Nehemiah Park
  • Newport Playground
  • Osborn Playground
  • Powell Playground
  • Powell St Block Association
  • Powell Street Livonia Garden
  • P.s. 125 Playground
  • United Community Centers Youth Farm
  • Van Dyke Playground
  • Veterans Triangle
  • Zion Triangle

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