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Brooklyn/East

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East Brooklyn is in Brooklyn. It encompasses Cypress Hills, East New York, Canarsie, Bergen Beach, Flatlands, Mill Basin, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, and Barren Island.

Get in

By Subway

This area has relatively poor subway coverage compared to most of Brooklyn. There are no subways to the Flatlands area--the closest station is Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College on the 2 and 5 (rush hours only)--almost an hour away by walking (though buses along streets like Flatbush Avenue and Avenue H can bring you there faster!

Canarsie is somewhat better served, with the L terminating at Canarsie--Rockway Parkway, which is about 25 minutes away from Jamaica Bay by walking (though the B42 bus goes to Canarsie Piers from the station). The L is somewhat difficult to access from elsewhere in Brooklyn, but the G, M, J/Z, and A/C all have transfers to it.

On the other hand, if you're visiting East New York, probably the area of least interest to travelers due to the high crime, you are spoiled for choice. The 3 terminates at New Lots Avenue, the closest station to the Bay (but once again, still a distance). The A/C and J/Z also have lots of stops in East New York. If you're traveling directly to Brooklyn from JFK, you will probably pass through here--rest assured, the trains are safe.

By LIRR

Long Island Railroad's Atlantic Branch has a single stop in this district at East New York. Trains stopping here are heading to or originate from Atlantic Terminal.

By Bus

The BM1, BM2, BM4, and BM5 express buses come here from Manhattan


By Car

Given the spotty subway coverage and high crime in some parts of this area, East Brooklyn may well be one of the few places best reached by Car. The Belt Parkway and Shore Parkway circle Brooklyn and are very close to the attractions in the Jamaica Bay.

See

  • Cypress Hills Cemetary. A military cemetery on the border of Brooklyn and Queens.


Do

Buy

Kings Plaza Mall is at Flatbush Avenue at Avenue U, as well as the Gateway Center Mall located off of the Belt Parkway near Fountain Avenue.

  • Kings Plaza Mall, Flatbush Avenue at Avenue U (Q train to Avenue U, transfer to B3 bus, B/Q trains to Kings Highway for B2 bus, Q train to Avenue M for B9 bus, 2/5 trains to Flatbush Avenue for Q35/B41 buses, 3/4 trains to Utica Avenue for B46 bus).


Eat

Drink

Sleep

  • North Brooklyn / 12 Towns YMCA, 570 Jamaica Avenue (between Shepherd Ave and Highland Pl; Subway: J/Z trains to Norwood Avenue), +1 718 277-1600 (fax: +1 718 277-2081), [1]. 97 single-occupancy guest rooms.

Contact

  • Brooklyn Public Library (Arlington branch), 203 Arlington Avenue (at Warwick; Subway: J trains to Cleveland Street or Z trains to Van Siclen Avenue), +1 718 277-6105, [2]. M 1PM-8PM, Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Canarsie branch), 1580 Rockaway Parkway (at Avenue J; Subway: L train to Rockaway Parkway-Canarsie), +1 718 257-6547, [3]. M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W 1PM-8PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Cypress Hills branch), 1197 Sutter Avenue (at Crystal; Subway: A/C trains to Euclid Avenue), +1 718 277-6004, [4]. M 10AM-6PM, Tu 1PM-8PM, W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Flatlands branch), 2065 Flatbush Avenue (at Avenue P; Subway: 2/5 trains to Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College, then transfer to B41 bus to Flatbush Avenue and Avenue P, Q train to Avenue M, then transfer to B9 bus to Flatbush Avenue and Avenue P, or B train to Kings Highway, then transfer to B82 bus to Flatbush Avenue and Flatlands Avenue), +1 718 253-4409, [5]. M 10AM-6PM, Tu 1PM-8PM, W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-8PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Gerritsen Beach branch), 2808 Gerritsen Avenue (at Bartlett; Subway: B/Q trains to Kings Highway, then transfer to B31 bus to Gerritsen Avenue and Bartlett Place), +1 718 368-1435, [6]. M 10AM-6PM, Tu 1PM-8PM, W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Jamaica Bay branch), 9727 Seaview Avenue (at East 98th Street; Subway: L train to Rockaway Parkway-Canarsie, then transfer to B42 bus to Rockaway Parkway and Seaview Avenue), +1 718 241-3571, [7]. M 1PM-8PM, Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Mill Basin branch), 2385 Ralph Avenue (at Avenue N; Subway: 2/5 trains to Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College, then transfer to B41 bus to Ralph Avenue and Avenue N), +1 718 241-3973, [8]. M 1PM-8PM, Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (New Lots branch), 665 New Lots Avenue (at Barbey; Subway: 3 train to New Lots Avenue), +1 718 649-0311, [9]. M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W 1PM-8PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Paerdegat), 850 East 59th Street (at Paerdegat; Subway: 2/5 trains to Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College, then transfer to B6 bus to Ralph Avenue and Glenwood Road), +1 718 241-3994, [10]. M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W 1PM-8PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Spring Creek branch), 12143 Flatlands Avenue (at New Jersey; Subway: 3 train to New Lots Avenue, then transfer to B6 bus to Cozine Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, or L train to Rockaway Parkway-Canarsie, then transfer to B82 bus to Flatlands Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue), +1 718 257-6571, [11]. M 1PM-8PM, Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.



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