Living In: Gravesend

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Move into a NY apartment in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Gravesend, and you're joining a three-century old community. Located in southern Brooklyn, Gravesend sits on one of the oldest continuously populated stretches of land on Long Island, and, indeed, on the nation itself, as this was one of the first towns in the Dutch colony of New Netherlands, and then became one of the six original towns of colonial New York's Kings County. Today, it is bordered to the east by Coney Island Avenue (and the neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay); to the west by Stillwell Avenue (and Bath Beach); to the north by Kings Highway (and Bensonhurst); and to the south by Coney Island Creek and Shore Parkway (and Coney Island). In its heyday in the late 19th century--the so-called Gilded Age--Gravesend became a lively resort community, fueled by its proximity to the beaches of Coney Island as well as its three famous racetracks. When Coney Island's great amusement parks--most notably, Steeplechase Park--captivated New Yorkers fantasies in the early 20th century, Gravesend went into a long decline, first becoming a solid, if non-descript, working-class neighborhood and then, in the post-war period, the site of several decades worth of grim housing erected as part of the NYC's Housing Authority's city-wide urban renewal plan. It's southern neighbor, Coney Island, had finally stolen its spotlight. Gravesend has few parks to speak of, but it is just a few subway stops or a short bus ride away from the beaches and attractions of Coney Island. The neighborhood is serviced by the three MTA subway lines, the D, F, and N trains, and the commute into Manhattan takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Today, Gravesend is a relatively inexpensive neighborhood to settle.

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  • d
  • f
  • n


  • Is 228 David A. Boody Is
  • Is 281 Joseph B. Cavallaro Is
  • John Dewey Hs
  • Lafayette Hs
  • Ps 101 Verrazano School
  • Ps 177 Marlboro School
  • Ps 212 Lady Deborah Moody Scho
  • Ps 215 Morris H. Weiss School
  • Ps 216 Arturo Toscanini School
  • Ps 721
  • Ps 95 Gravesend School
  • Ps 97 Highlawn School


  • Bath Playground
  • Calvert Vaux Park
  • Cutinella Triangle
  • Gravesend Triangle
  • Ketchum Triangle
  • Lady Moody Triangle
  • Lafayette Playground
  • Marlboro Playground
  • Mcdonald Playground
  • Meucci Triangle
  • Nellie Bly Park
  • Old Gravesend Cemetery
  • Scarangella Park
  • West Playground

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