Flatbush

Brooklyn

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Flatbush is like an appetizer plate: stepping onto its strip mall central avenues one finds the smells and tastes of Caribbean, Chinese, and Mexican food stores mirrored by Asian and Jewish restaurant styles galore ripe for dipping. The neighborhood is a prime example of Brooklyn dynamism in action with a tumultuous mix of working and middle class residents. Food and living spaces are equally versatile, with apartment buildings mixing it up between older rowed houses, Victorian-style, and brownstones. It isn’t uncommon to find individual family housing inside or outside of apartment buildings. In the past half century, Flatbush has faced the difficulties wrought by ‘white flight’ and large shifts in demographics, but today the larger area is gentrifying. Secular educational institutions such as Brooklyn College have their match with religious ones such as the world-renowned Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin and the Mirrer Yeshiva. Entertainment areas abound, with the exciting reopening of the Loews King’s Theater in 2015 a prime spot. Flatbush is a central location in William Styron’s Sophie’s Choice, where Stingo first meets Sophie and her lover Nathan. The musician Neil Diamond, legendary singer Barbara Streisand, and Joe Paterno of Penn State football fame and controversy have all lived in Flatbush area. Flatbush has tremendous transportation services. The BMT Brighton Line’s B and Q trains have regular stops throughout the area. Manhattan is an easy 30-minute train ride, and the 2 and 5 trains have easy access to many stops within Flatbush. Brooklyn College has it’s own stop which brings students within a block of the school. Busing includes the B6, B8, B35, B41, B49, and Q35. By Meir Areman

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

B
Q
2
5

Buses:

B6
B8
B35
B41
B44
B49
B68
B103
Q35
BM1
BM2
BM3
BM4

Rental Prices:

$1,031 ― $2,146

Sales Prices:

$248,000 ― $515,000

Landmarks:

Prospect Park, Brooklyn College, Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church, Prospect Park Parade Ground

School Districts:

17 22

Police Precincts:

70

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