Population Density: Flatbush is just over twice as densely-populated as Brooklyn in the aggregate, and just under three times as densely populated as New York taken together.
Adjacent Neighborhoods: The borders of Flatbush tend to vary depending on whom you ask, but Windsor Terrace, Kensington & Parkville, Midwood, East Flatbush and Prospect Lefferts Gardens all surround Flatbush, while Prospect Park itself forms the neighborhood’s northern border.
Public Transit: Q (Parkside Av, Church Av, Beverly Rd, Cortelyou Rd).
What’s Here?: Foodies can find everything from delicious hole-in-the wall places serving Indian, Mexican, Thai, Filipino, African and other fare, to the local and organic critical darling, The Farm on Adderley. Strong transit links, good housing stock, proximity to Prospect Park, and lower rents tend to make Flatbush a destination for starting families. Flatbush Avenue is a busy main drag with everything from 99-cent stores to jewelers, and a wide variety of retail outlets. Cortelyou and Church Avenues also provide commercial bustle, with restaurants, coffee shops, and fruit-and-vegetable markets.
Flat or Tall?: North toward the park and east toward Flatbush Avenue, medium-sized apartment buildings around a half-dozen stories dominate, though occasional high-rises can be spotted. Further west and south are mostly attractive single-family homes on leafy streets that seem right out of mature, upper-middle-class suburbs.
History: Flatbush, one of the first six Dutch towns in their colony across the river from New Amsterdam, was still farmland in the late 19th century, shortly before it was absorbed into the growing city of Brooklyn. The extension of the subways led to real estate development, and newcomers to New York City have been arriving in Flatbush and in many cases, putting down roots ever since.
Activities: Prospect Park is a paradise for walkers, runners, bikers and anyone looking to get away to Brooklyn’s vast answer to Manhattan’s Central Park. The Parade Grounds just across Parkside from the park are full of athletic fields.
Check it out: Flatbush Frolic is the neighborhood’s annual festival, in mid-September. The 2013 edition of the street fair, featuring bands, food and other vendors, was its 38th annual. Feeling creative? Brooklyn ARTery is a community arts space on Cortelyou that offers classes and sells handmade goods. A film festival has popped up in recent years, too. It’s put on by caribBEING, a Caribbean cultural center.