East NY history and neighborhood information



New York City Neighborhoods
East New York, Brooklyn

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Located on the eastern edge of Brooklyn, East New York includes the neighborhoods of New Lots, Spring Creek, City Line, Highland Park, and Cypress Hills.

East New York’s boundaries are Jamaica Avenue to the north, Eldert Lane to the east, Belt Parkway to the south, and Junus Street to the west. East New York is located in Brooklyn Community District 5.


Village streets were laid out over farmland in 1677, but this part of Brooklyn was mostly rural until the mid-1800s. East New York was founded in 1835 by Connecticut merchant John Pitkin and was incorporated into Brooklyn in 1889. The population was mainly German during the 1800s, but East New York expanded when the IRT reached New Lots in 1922; between the 1920s and the 1960s, other European emigrants moved in, lured by moderately priced row houses, low-rise apartment buildings, walk-ups over store fronts and bustling local shopping strips. Blacks arrived in the 1950s and 1960s, and the 1980s and 1990s were marked by Caribbean and Central American immigration.


Since 1987, HPD has helped create over 2,000 owner-occupied homes in East New York and helped to renovate or build nearly 3,000 rental units, and more private homeownership units are planned.

In response to the wave of new small homes that went up in the 1980s and 1990s, a new 14-screen movie theatre opened in 1998 on Linden Boulevard. The large Gateway Estates retail mall off the Belt Parkway at Fountain Avenue is located on 50 acres on East New York’s southern end. And 2,300 new homes are being built in the Spring Creek area on 180 acres near the mall.

Transportation:  Commuters are served by the A, C, J, L, and Z subway lines, as well as by the B6, B12, B13, B14, B15, B18, B20, B82, B83, Q7, Q8, Q20, Q24, and Q56 buses.
Schools: East New York has over 30 local elementary and intermediate schools, including two Beacon Schools and three high schools: Thomas Jefferson, Transit Tech and William Maxwell. P.S. 190, PS 224 and William Maxwell were all recently expanded and/or modernized.
Housing Stock: 

In Brooklyn sub-borough 5 (which includes East New York/Starrett City), 25 percent of dwelling units were in 1- and 2-family houses.

Where do I find my new home?

In addition to the real estate classifieds in the big dailies, try local Brooklyn papers such as The Spectator and The Home Reporter, or Home Sweet Home and the Homefinder magazines, which are distributed in local supermarkets. Another potential source of information are the privately-run real estate websites, such as Real Estate Español, Realty Times, Realtor.com or HomeStore.



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