Ditmas Park is a neighborhood in western Flatbush in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, east of Kensington, and is one of three Flatbush neighborhoods which have been officially designated Historic Districts. Located on land formerly owned by the Ditmas family that remained rural until the early 20th century, the neighborhood consists of many large, free-standing Victorian homes built in the first decade of the 1900s. The traditional boundaries of Ditmas Park are from Ocean Avenue to East 16th Street and from Dorchester Road to Newkirk Avenue. Ditmas Park is policed by the NYPD's 70th Precinct, and is within Brooklyn Community Board 14.
Within Ditmas Park is the Ditmas Park Historic District, a national historic district consisting of 172 contributing, largely residential buildings built between 1902 and 1914. It includes fine examples of Colonial Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman, and Queen Anne style single family homes. Also in the district is one church, the brick Neo-Georgian Flatbush Congregational Church (1910).
Pastoral charm in the middle of Brooklyn.
There’s a central Brooklyn neighborhood where you can hitch up your horse at an early 1900s barn? Of course, if you’re in Kensington. This neighborhood’s Victorian mansions and quiet side streets evoke a pastoral charm, but its commercial corridors remind you that you’ve made it to the 21st century. Boutiques, bodegas, and the occasional 99-cent store line Kensington’s main avenues. Luckily, its shops (and Manhattan) aren't difficult to access thanks to the F train.
Kensington is within Brooklyn and bordered by Flatbush, Windsor Terrace, Midwood, Borough Park, and Sunset Park
JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Laguardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 44 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 44 minutes by subway
The Culver Ramp takes the IND Culver Line from a tunnel to an elevated structure.
The New York City Subway's IND Culver Line (F G trains) runs along the western part of the neighborhood and stops underground at Fort Hamilton Parkway and at Church Avenue. The line rises above ground to an elevated structure (F train) to serve the Ditmas Avenue and 18th Avenue stations. In addition, Kensington is served by the B8, B16, B35, B67, B68, B69,B70, B103 local buses, as well as the BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4 express buses to Manhattan.
New York City Public Schools in Kensington include: four public primary schools: P.S.1 30 (shared with Windsor Terrace), P.S. 230, P.S. 179, and P.S. 134. There are two middle schools: J.H.S. 62 and J.H.S. 23. The area has no public high schools.
PROSPECT PARK SOUTH
Prospect Park South
Prospect Park South is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It is bordered by Prospect Park and the Prospect Park Parade Ground to the north, Ocean Avenue and the BMT Brighton Linesubway tracks to the east, Beverley Road to the south, and Coney Island Avenue to the west.
Within the neighborhood, and comprising most of its area, is the Prospect Park South Historic District, designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1979 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The historic district is bounded by Church Avenue to the north, the BMT Brighton Line (B Q trains) of the New York City Subway to the east, Beverley Road to the south, and between Stratford Road and Coney Island Avenue to the west.
Prospect Park South, along with Flatbush and other neighborhoods within Flatbush, is policed by the 70th Precinct of the New York City Police Department.
Flatbush is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Founded in 1651 by Dutch colonists, the neighborhood, which consists of several subsections, had a population of 110,875 as of the 2010 United States Census. By the 2010s, the area was quickly gentrifying.
Flatbush was a town prior to being incorporated into the City of Brooklyn, and its former border runs through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Generally, the township was larger than what is considered Flatbush today by the residents of Brooklyn. The modern neighborhood includes or borders several institutions of note, including Prospect Park and Brooklyn College.
Flatbush is well served by public transportation. On the New York City Subway, the BMT Brighton Line (B Q trains) has a number of stops within the community. The stretch of stations from Prospect Park to Avenue H is in Flatbush. All stations of the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line (2 5 trains) except President Street are also within Flatbush. The terminal Flatbush Avenue – Brooklyn College station is about one block north of Brooklyn College and one block north of the Junction Mall.
The B6, B8, B35, B41, B44, B49, Q35 are MTA Regional Bus Operations routes that serve the neighborhood; some of them also have limited-stop variants. In addition, the B103, a wholly limited-stop bus, runs through Flatbush.
The major roadways through Flatbush include Flatbush Avenue, Ocean Avenue and Ocean Parkway, which are North-South corridors, and Kings Highway, Church Avenue and Caton Avenue, which are East-West corridors.
Flatbush is home to a number of elementary and intermediate schools, as well as the Erasmus Hall High School campus. Founded in 1786, it has a long list of famous alumni. Its building has been expanded numerous times, and is notable for its relatively unique architecture. Since 1994, the building has been divided internally into five smaller high schools, each concentrating on a different academic area.
Brooklyn College (one of the four-year colleges in the City University of New York system) is shared between the neighborhoods of Flatbush and Midwood.
Several Jewish yeshivas are within the neighborhood, including Mir Yeshiva, Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin, and Yeshiva Torah Vodaas. Combined, they form an important center of Jewish learning.