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Flatbush is something of a mega-neighborhood in central Brooklyn, comprised of several smaller areas. Flatbush apartments can be found in such neighborhoods as Prospect Park South, Beverley Square West, Beverley Square East, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Ditmas Park, Fiske Terrace and Albemarle-Kenmare Terrace. NY apartments are available in all sections of Flatbush, and can be found in mid-rise apartment buildings as well as some lovely old brownstones and row houses. Flatbush is bordered by the neighborhoods of Crown Heights to the north, East Flatbush to the east, Kensington and Parkville (formerly known as Greenfield) to the west, and Midwood to the south. Residents of Flatbush apartments have a fairly quick and painless commute into Manhattan, with multiple stops along the B, Q, 2 and 5 train lines. For recreation, Flatbush residents go to the excellent Prospect Park, designed in 1867 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after the duo had completed Manhattan's Central Park. Today, the park still features huge open spaces with playing fields, sunny lawns for relaxing and picnicking, a carousel, boathouse, skating rink, zoo and a bandshell that hosts free concerts all summer long.

Ditmas Park

There are still reasonably-priced NY apartments, as well as houses--yes, houses--for sale, in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Ditmas Park. Over the past couple of decades or so, the community has gone from hidden gem to definitely discovered. Located in the west Flatbush section of Brooklyn, most of Ditmas Park is an officially designated Historic District, and the whole area was farmland into the late 1800s. The buildings that followed--large, free-standing Victorian homes--are pretty unique in New York City, to say the least. Ditmas Park is bounded, roughly, to the west by Coney Island Avenue, to the north by Beverly Road, to the east by Ocean Avenue, and to the south by Newkirk Avenue. There is a distinct, non-urban feel to Ditmas Park, brought about by the unattached houses, and the community's strong public schools. Crime rates are consistently low, and getting lower. Commuters of Ditmas Park apartments can take the Q express train into Manhattan from one of the neighborhood's two stations. The trip to Union Square on the Q train takes about 20 minutes. There is much neighborhood boosterism here, with the frequently updated, always informative Ditmas Park Blog only the most recent manifestation of local civic pride and activism. In fact, the Ditmas Park Association, active since 1908, continues to host social events, and puts out a regular newsletter. The lovely, historic Victorian homes often stand on surprisingly large lots. Ditmas Park residents looking for wide open spaces for fun and relaxation don't have far to go, as nearby Prospect Park is one the great treasures of New York City, with its playing fields, sunny lawns, and biking paths. The recent influx of young families, artists and professionals to Ditmas Park, has been complemented by a sizable number of new cafes, coffee shops, bars and restaurants, especially along Cortelyou Avenue (home to a great little greenmarket). These Ditmas Park establishments have helped turn what was once a fairly desolate dining area, into what Time Out New York has recently called one of the best NYC neighborhoods for food.

Neighborhood Information

Location

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Subway Lines

  • 2
  • 5
  • b
  • q

Schools

  • Campus Acad Of Business & Tech
  • Campus Acad Of Humanities
  • Campus Acad Of Sci & Math
  • Is 61 Atwell Is
  • Midwood Hs
  • Ps 109
  • Ps 139 Alexine A. Fenty School
  • Ps 152 Glenwood Road School
  • Ps 217
  • Ps 245
  • Ps 249 Caton Ave School
  • Ps 6

Parks

  • Flatbush Mall
  • Flatbush Malls
  • Flatbush Malls
  • Hot Spot Tot Lot
  • Lt. Federico Narvaez Tot Lot
  • Parade Ground
  • Umma Park

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