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Brooklyn/Greenwood and New Utrecht

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Greenwood and New Utrecht is a district in Brooklyn, New York City. It encompasses Sunset Park, Borough Park, Kensington, Parkville, Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and Bath Beach.

Understand

  • Sunset Park is often called New York City's little Puerto Rico and Brooklyn's Chinatown and is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in New York City. Located just less than 20 minutes away from Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park is a place for all families to come and shop, and locals can be seen running errands in the heart of the neighborhood along 5th Avenue between 60th and 44th Streets. Its hilly terrain gives magnificent views of Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan, Staten Island, Jersey City and the nearby Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Besides the Hispanic part of the neighborhood filled with families of Puerto Rican, Dominican, Meixcan and other backgrounds, the Chinese also put Sunset Park on the map with its countless Chinese resturants found on 8th Avenue between 60th and 40th Streets. Besides the diversity, Sunset Park also has a severe drug problem and was the site of the August 8, 2007 Brooklyn tornado. At least 40 buildings and 100 cars were damaged.
  • Borough Park contains the biggest Chasidic Jewish community in the city. You will see lots of kosher foods on sale, and shops that are closed every Friday night and Saturday but open on Sunday, due to religious rules. If these things are unfamiliar to you, a trip to Borough Park may be worthwhile.
  • Kensington is located south of Prospect Park. It is the most diverse neighborhood in Brooklyn and is one of the most diverse in the United States. It currently is one of the "up and coming" neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Many new trendy restaurants and boutiques have opened making this neighborhood a hotspot to now reside. It is served by the F and G trains at Church Avenue, and the Q train at Beverly Road and Cortelyou Road.
  • Bay Ridge has traditionally been a residential Irish-Italian-Norwegian neighborhood, but recently has seen an influx of Arab, Asian and Russian families as well. The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge connects to here from Staten Island, and Fort Hamilton, a United States Army Base, is here as well. There is a great variety of good values in food to be had in this neighborhood, especially on 3rd Avenue. The neighborhood is also one of the top bar areas in the non-downtown area of Brooklyn.
  • Bensonhurst used to be Italian as far as the eye could see, but it now contains Albanian, Pakistani, Korean, Chinese, Mexican, and many Eastern European immigrants as well. Nonetheless, it is still the center of Brooklyn's Italian community and is one of the most well-known Italian-American neighborhoods in the United States. The train runs above ground and it is a lively place with an Old New York feel. Many of the best "unknown" restaurants in Brooklyn (known locally but often ignored by the Manhattan-based establishment) can be found in Bensonhurst. Get there by taking the D or M train to 18th, or 20th Avenues, or Bay Parkway.

Get in

By subway

For Green-Wood Cemetery itself, the best trains to take are either the D to 9th Avenue or the F to Fort Hamilton Parkway.

The D serves the center of the district, including Borough Park and Bensonhurst before continuing to Coney Island, while the N serves Dyker Heights after splitting off from the R in Sunset Park. The R terminates in Bay Ridge.

By bus

The X27/X37 and X28/X38 express buses also serve this area.

By car

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge takes you to Bay Ridge from Staten Island.

See

  • Green-Wood Cemetery, main entrance at 500 25th St (along 5th Ave; Subway: M/R trains to 25th St), +1 718 768-7300 (), [1]. 8AM-5PM daily (7AM-7PM daily from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day). Free.
  • Harbor Defense Museum, 230 Sheridan Loop (on Fort Hamilton; Subway: R train to 95th St, then walk along 4th Ave to 101st St, then turn left and walk one block to the fort entrance. The MP at the guardhouse will direct you to the museum), +1 718 630-4349, [2]. M-F 10AM-4PM, Sa 10AM-2PM. A collection of military artifacts relating to the defense of America's harbors located inside still-working Fort Hamilton. Free.
  • Christmas Lights at Dyker Heights. About 10 blocks, centered around the "Candy Cane House" on 84th and 12th. During the holiday season the locals bring up the most spectacular decorations-- do a Flickr or Google image search yourself and see! There's the house with the giant snowman, the house with the giant nutcrackers, the house with Winnie and Shrek, and the Toyland house with the animatronic reindeer. Go on a Friday or Saturday night, between 7 and 10. It'll put the Christmas spirit in you.

Do

Buy

  • Fei Long Market, 6301 8th Ave (at 63rd St; Subway: N train to 8th Ave), +1 718 680-0118. An absolutely massive shop selling all manner of Chinese ingredients, including a very good produce section. Can be extremely crowded, though, so go in the off hours.

Eat

  • 8th Avenue (or Third Chinatown), (N train to 8th Ave-62nd St). Stretching from 50th Street to 62nd Street, the avenue holds its own against Canal Street and Flushing. Fancy gourmet restaurants to alleyway noodle shops, Malaysian to Vietnamese and fare from every Chinese province, the neighborhood has it all. The area is particularly known as a nexus for immigrants from Fujian province.

Drink

Sleep

  • Best Western Gregory Hotel Brooklyn, 8315 4th Ave (at 84th St in Bay Ridge), +1 718 238-3737, [3].
  • Park House Hotel Brooklyn, 1206 48th St, +1 718 871-8100, [4].

Contact

  • Brooklyn Public Library (Bay Ridge branch), 7223 Ridge Blvd (at 73rd St; Subway: R train to Bay Ridge Ave), +1 718 748-5709, [5]. M 10AM-6PM, Tu 1PM-8PM, W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-8PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Borough Park branch), 1265 43rd St (at 13th Ave; Subway: D/M to Fort Hamilton Pkwy), +1 718 437-4085, [6]. M 1PM-8PM, Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Dyker branch), 8202 13th Ave (at 82nd St; Subway: D/M trains to 18th Ave, transfer to B1 bus to 13th Ave and 82nd St), +1 718 748-6261, [7]. M 10AM-6PM, Tu 1PM-8PM, W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-8PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Fort Hamilton branch), 9424 4th Ave (at 95th St; Subway: R train to 95th St-Bay Ridge), +1 718 748-6919, [8]. Closed for renovation.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Kensington branch), 410 Ditmas Ave (between E 4th and E 5th Sts; Subway: F train to Ditmas Ave), +1 718 435-9431, [9]. M 10AM-6PM, Tu 1PM-8PM, W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-8PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Mapleton branch), 1702 60th St (at 17th Ave; Subway: D/M trains to 62nd St or N train to 18th Ave), +1 718 256-2117, [10]. M 1PM-8PM, Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (McKinley Park branch), 6802 Fort Hamilton Pkwy (at 68th St; Subway: N train to Fort Hamilton Pkwy), +1 718 748-8001, [11]. M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W-Th 1PM-8PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (New Utrecht branch), 1743 86th St (at Bay 17th St; Subway: D/M trains to 18th Ave), +1 718 236-4086, [12]. M 10AM-6PM, Tu 1PM-8PM, W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-8PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Ryder branch), 5902 23rd Ave (at 59th St; Subway: F train to Avenue N), +1 718 331-2962, [13]. M 10AM-6PM, Tu 1PM-8PM, W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-8PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
  • Brooklyn Public Library (Sunset Park branch), 5108 4th Ave (at 51st St; Subway: R train to 53rd St or N train to 59th St), +1 718 567-2806, [14]. M 1PM-8PM, Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-8PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
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