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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

New York City Neighborhoods
Kensington, Brooklyn

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Just southwest of beautiful Prospect Park, middle-class Kensington-with its variety of affordable homeownership options-is home to immigrants from all over the world.

Neighborhood boundaries are Green-Wood cemetery and Caton Avenue to the north; Prospect Park, the Parade grounds and Kensington stables to the northeast; Coney Island Avenue to the east; Foster Avenue and 47th Street to the south; and Dahill Road and 36th Street to the west. Kensington is part of Brooklyn Community District 12.


Settled by Dutch farmers, the development of Kensington started in 1851. Homebuilding began in earnest in the 1920's and attracted Italian and Irish immigrants to the neighborhood.


People of many ethnicities and religions call Kensington home.

F train.
P.S. 130, P.S. 230 and P.S. 170 are located in Kensington and all three have programs for gifted students. Local Parochial schools include Immaculate Heart and St. Rose of Lima. Both offer pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
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Brick and brownstone town houses coexist with single-and two-family homes with yards and garages. Five- and six-story pre- and post-war apartment building and co-ops are also common.

Where do I find my new home?

In addition to the big dailies, check out The Home Reporter and The Spectator, local Brooklyn papers, and The Home finder, which is distributed in local supermarkets and bank branches. Another potential source of information are the privately-run real estate websites, such as Real Estate Español, Realty Times, or HomeStore.

Special Note:
Dozens of ethnic grocery stores and restaurants can be found on Church Street. Visit McDonald Avenue for Pakistani restaurants. Ocean Parkway was finished in 1876 and features six miles of landscaped malls, benches, chess tables and walking and biking paths, linking Prospect Park to Coney Island.

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