Gravesend

Brooklyn

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Gravesend is a demographic cocktail, growing populations staking claim to the neighborhood along long-time enclaves. That diversity traces back almost 400 years when Gravesend was one of the original towns in the Dutch colony. But it was started by an Englishwoman, Lady Deborah Moody, the only woman to found a colonial settlement in North America. She led a group of religious dissenters here in 1643. Gravesend was mostly a sleepy farm town until the world arrived with a bang -- or at least a starter's pistol -- in the last half of the 19th century. Three big-time racetracks opened amidst the sand-hill dunes along the shores of Gravesend Bay and the Gilded Age was dropped onto the town's doorstep. Today the housing stock reflects the diversity of the neighborhood with multi-million dollar mansions set among small houses and multi-family units. The new leisured class in Gravesend developed Coney Island as a resort destination; it was part of the town back then but broke off when the southeastern shore of Long Island was annexed by Brooklyn. While Coney Island became a major tourist destination, Gravesend settled into being just another neighborhood to pass through on the way to the beach, a short transit ride to the south. As new arrivals across the ethnic spectrum arrive in the neighborhood, tucked between Bath Beach to the west and Sheepshead Bay to the east, the best eats are still dished out by the heritage residents: the authentic Italian cuisine of Fiorentino's Ristorante and the Old World servings of the Kosher Hut on Kings Highway. The elevated F train runs down McDonald Avenue and the hour commute to Manhattan begins of the N and D trains. By Doug Gelbert

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

D
F
N

Buses:

B1
B3
B4
B6
B36
B64
B82
X28
X38

Rental Prices:

$1,333 ― $2,014

Sales Prices:

$320,000 ― $483,000

Landmarks:

Calvert Vaux Park

School Districts:

21

Police Precincts:

60 61 62

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  • bradym
    March 5th 2014
    Love pizza? Love spumoni? L&Bs!!!!!!!! outdoor pizza place / spumoni gelato. open pretty late. always a hot spot. best gelato and pizza i have ever had. landmark spot!

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