On the west side of Brooklyn below Greenwood Heights, Sunset Park is a bustling and diverse community. With tons of places to shop, eat, and drink, this neighborhood is popular with both residents and tourists alike.
First settled in 1636 and fully settled in 1640, Sunset Park was one of the first Dutch settlements of New Amsterdam. Once the British took over in 1664, the area was split so half was part of Brooklyn and the other half was part of New Utrecht. The shore was used as a major port, especially during the American Revolution.
Due to Sunset Park’s location, the area remained mostly farmland while other parts of Brooklyn were modernizing in the early to mid 1800’s. Once the Green-Wood Cemetery opened in the 1840’s, it drew large crowds, prompting ferry service from Manhattan and encouraging growth in the area.
A building boom, starting in the late 1800’s, drew scores of people to the area. Subway lines were added, resulting in the construction of many new row houses. These houses became boarding homes once the Great Depression hit. Afterward, Sunset Park became a working class neighborhood. Bad construction projects displaced many people and the neighborhood fell into ruin.
The area was revitalized thanks to the Immingration and Nationality Act of 1965. This law removed racial based rules for immigration and allowed people from Asian and Latin countries to move to the US. With Sunset Park being an inexpensive option, many immigrants settled there and revitalized the area themselves, making it a very popular destination.
While there are some luxury high rise buildings here, the vast majority of Sunset Park is flat. Row houses dominate this neighborhood, as do the older factories and store fronts near the major roads. Even by the water, where taller complexes can be found in other parts of Brooklyn, are remarkably flat.
Sunset Park is a beautiful and friendly neighborhood. Delicious restaurants can be found everywhere in this area. The bar scene here is also hopping, making this area popular with younger crowds.
That said, this area isn’t a “party all night” kind of place. Most people living here are families, and even the tourists seem to respect that fact. Sunset Park is a calm place that’s not afraid to let its hair down and have fun.
Sunset Park is great for families! There are many good schools here, crime is low, and there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep kids busy. The area is calm and pleasant, so families can expect to be very happy here.
The New York City subway system provides access to Sunset Park via the N, Q, R, and D trains.
Biking is popular in this neighborhood due to the high number of bike lanes and Citi Bike docking stations in the neighborhood. Just be careful of pedestrian traffic in restaurant heavy areas.
Driving is also pretty popular here. Traffic is light, the streets are wide, and parking is easy.
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Sunset Park 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.