The eastern part of Flatbush, bordered by Brownsville and Carnasie, East Flatbush is a diverse residential suburb full of shopping and restaurants. A fusion of city and suburban life, this neighborhood has a lot to offer those who call it home.
Flatbush was founded in 1651 under the name, Midwout, by the Dutch settlers of the area. Once the British took over in 1664, it became the county seat Kings County. A bustling town, Flatbush remained the county seat until 1894 when it was incorporated into the town of Brooklyn.
Once Brooklyn became part of New York City in 1898, East Flatbush largely became a commuter neighborhood for Brooklyn and Manhattan, while Flatbush proper remained a relatively popular area. In the mid-1900’s large swaths of Haitian immigrants began living here, adding their culture and influence to the neighborhood.
Though East Flatbush had some rough times during the Civil Rights era, the 1990’s saw a vast reduction in crime. Today, East Flatbush is a diverse enclave full of food, bars, and shopping. The area is gaining more popularity each passing year.
East Flatbush is full of flat buildings. Apartment complexes usually don’t go past six stories and there are large portions of the neighborhood where brownstones are king. Some high rise buildings have popped up on occasion, but they are few and far between.
East Flatbush is a friendly, residential neighborhood. The people here love to chat it up with their neighbors while on their way to the grocery store or the salon. It’s a peaceful, yet energetic, vibe, with lots of families running around.
The food culture here is amazing. There are a ton of great Haitian restaurants in Little Haiti and beyond. The bar scene is growing too, though it’s still a neighborhood that still respects their neighbors.
East Flatbush is very safe. Violent crime is rare, and crimes of all kinds are constantly on the decline. There are large hospitals in the area and a ton of great schools. Homes also are a bit larger out here due to being slightly farther out of the way. All in all, East Flatbush is a great neighborhood for families.
The New York City subway system provides access to East Flatbush via the 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains.
Biking is very popular here due to a lack of traffic and wide streets. More bike lanes are being added every year and there’s a good number of Citi Bike docking stations.
Driving is also popular in this neighborhood due to the lack of traffic. Parking is also very easy in this area.
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East Flatbush 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 34.5.
When looking at residents older than 25, 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 rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 42.0 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 37.8 and 50.07% are currently renting their homes in the area.