Calm and diverse, Bensonhurst is a peaceful residential neighborhood surrounded by Midwood, Borough Park, and Bay Ridge. Full of fun, shopping, and eateries, this neighborhood is home to both a Little Italy and the city's largest cantonese population.
Originally the estate of Egbert Benson, Bensonhurst began its life as private farmland. Once Benson died, his children sold the estate to New York real estate developers. These developers sold plots of land near the waterfront to the wealthy elite of NYC around the 1880’s.
Though the waterfront properties were highly sought after, the rest of the neighborhood remained largely undeveloped. There were small Jewish and Italian neighborhoods, but even then, the neighborhood was largely empty until the 1980’s.
Recognizing that many immigrants, especially those from China and Hong Kong, were seeking affordable housing, the rest of the neighborhood developed just in time for the whole of NYC to go through major redevelopments. Now, this diverse neighborhood is thriving and fully formed.
Shorter buildings dominate Bensonhurst, especially single family homes and three story apartment buildings. Several larger buildings can be found, such as apartment complexes and condos. However, Bensonhurts is largely a shorter area.
Bensonhurst is a peaceful neighborhood full of culture. The communities here are welcoming, but also reserved. There’s not much of a nightlife here, with most residents being families and older professionals.
That said, this neighborhood is still full of fun. There are many great shopping opportunities and the food is out of this world. Bensonhurst is a bit out of the way, but it’s worth the trip just to eat at one or two restaurants.
Bensonhurst is a great place for families. While finding outdoor activities might be difficult, the area is extremely safe, there are many great schools and hospitals are close by. Best of all, it's very peaceful and quiet. Overall, Bensonhurst is a great place for families.
The New York City subway system provides access to Bensonhurst via the D, N, R, and W trains.
Biking in Bensonhurst is extremely popular. There are wide roads, little traffic, and a ton of Citi Bike docking stations.
Driving is easy in Bensonhurst, but not super popular. This means there’s little traffic and ample parking.
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Bensonhurst is located within Kings County, New York. This area currently has 2,606,852 residents in 938,803 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this county are currently unmarried and have a median age of 35.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 25.80% have graduated from high school, 20.68% have a bachelor's degree, and 13.40% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 57.8% and the median income in this county is $50,640.
At least 70.55% of those living in this county are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 42 minutes.
Geographically, Kings County, New York is a part of the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. This county is currently home to 18,812,161 residents, or 6,707,347 households with a median income of $68,319. the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area residents have a median age of 38 and 50.07% are currently renting their homes in the area.