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The name Mill Basin can refer to a few things in Brooklyn. First of all, it is the name of a neighborhood that juts out of borough's southern end, and is comprised of two halves separated by a neck of land (entry to the Mill Island section). Second, the name can refer to the Mill Basin inlet, where canals from western Jamaica Bay wrap around the community--forming somewhat of a mote. Here, the basic NY apartments are nowhere to be found. It is one of the few neighborhoods in Brooklyn that feels like the suburbs, and most anything considered Mill Basin apartments are probably in a duplex or house. Mill Basin's borders are generally accepted as being Flatbush Avenue to the west, Avenue N to the north, and around 66th street at the east. The NY apartments in this community will most likely be in single-family homes with front lawns and driveways. The lots in Mill Basin are larger than the ones found in Bergen Beach and Sheepshead Bay, and the streets are noticeably wider. The housing stock is relatively new, compared with much of the nineteenth century architecture in other areas--original homes were built through the 1940s and 1950s. Much of the neighborhood favors post-WWII, split-level homes, and the garages and tree-lined roads will feel like you're in the heart of the suburbs. If you're lucky enough to snag one of the few Mill Basin apartments, you will be moving to one of Brooklyn's most beautiful waterfront neighborhoods. As the suburban atmosphere suggests, Mill Basin is a very family-oriented neighborhood. At the northeastern end of Mill Island lies the Mill Basin Day Camp--a great place for children to spend their summer days, and a convenience for parents living nearby. It's no doubt that the waterways have had a long history in the neighborhood, and although the fishing industry has faded, all the homes backing onto the inlet have docks for boat access. Avenue U is one of the few main thoroughfares in Mill Basin, and as such, it acts as one of the "main streets" of the neighborhood. At Flatbush Avenue is the Kings Plaza Shopping Center where a Macy's, Victoria's Secret, and Lowes are only a few minutes away. Combined with a variety supermarkets and restaurants, you can find just about anything to satisfy basic errands along Avenue U. Commuting into Manhattan isn't easy from Mill Basin apartments, as the entire area is a rather isolated pocket of Southeastern Brooklyn. If you don't own a car, then the quickest and most direct route into the city is via the BM1 express bus, which takes passengers to Midtown Manhattan in about forty-five minutes. But for traveling through the borough, residents can take the local B100 bus out to its terminal in Midwood, where the B & Q trains are available at the Kings Highway Station.

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