Bensonhurst

Brooklyn

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If you’re thinking back to old school Brooklyn, Bensonhurst is the place to be. Bensonhurst -- one of the neighborhoods further from Manhattan to still resist gentrification -- is home to clusters of family-owned businesses, local restaurants and generations of Brooklynite residents. The neighborhood is known for having heavy populations of Italian Americans and Jewish Americans as well as a slew of new immigrants, many from Asia, specifically China. Bensonhurst’s borders are slightly controversial, yet you’ll find the neighborhood ending at Bay Parkway and Stillwell Avenue, close to the Gravesend and Coney Island neighborhoods. Bensonhurst is named for Arthur S. Benson, a former president of Brooklyn Gas, who bought property in the area in the late 19th Century. This residential area has since become an ethnic enclave and small business hub, housing a notable Little Italy and a Chinatown that draw visitors from all over the city and worldwide. On 86th St. at 10th and 11th is L&B Spumoni Gardens, a 75-year-old Brooklyn icon that New Yorkers flock to for hearty ‘Grandma’ slices of pizza and sweet frozen desserts. Lenny’s Pizza (1969 86th St.), featured in the John Travolta classic “Saturday Night Fever” is also a neighborhood attraction. “The Honeymooners” is also set in Bensonhurst and its Brooklyn-proud population has been referenced in many more Hollywood movies. Bensonhurst is accessible by B, D and F trains as well as the B1, B3, B4, B6, B8, B9, B64, and B82 bus lines. Bensonhurst has a population of 151,000 residents and over a dozen public schools, a church, a synagogue and Milestone Park, making it a highly livable neighborhood. By Melissa Kravitz

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

D
N

Buses:

B1
B4
B6
B82

Rental Prices:

$1,282 ― $2,365

Sales Prices:

$308,000 ― $568,000

Landmarks:

Step Streets, Magen David Synagogue, The Historical New Utrecht Church

School Districts:

20

Police Precincts:

62

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