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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

New York City Neighborhoods
Madison, Brooklyn

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Known for spacious Spanish-style terrace houses and academically-strong James Madison High School, the southeast Brooklyn enclave of Madison offers a wide variety of homes and a thriving community set away from the subway system.

The neighborhood spans from Kings Highway to the north to Avenue U to the south and from Nostrand Avenue to the east to Ocean Avenue to the west. Madison is part of Brooklyn Community District 15.


The Madison area remained undeveloped longer than much of Brooklyn, with the first farm only sold for development in 1877. Development was accelerated by the neighborhood's proximity to the Sheepshead Bay racetrack. Irish and Italians were the first tomove in, but newer immigrants to Madison include Asians, Russians and Orthodox Jews.

Madison has no direct subway stop: it takes 75 minutes on the Q train from the Kings Highway station; or, take a Nostrand Avenue bus to Junction-the terminus of the 2 and 5 trains. Forty minutes on a Command Bus. Many bus lines run through residential streets in Madison.
Most of the area's children attend P.S. 222 in Marine Park, which is ranked academically in the top third of New York City schools. Several intermediate schools are located in Marine Park, as is the R.C. Good Shepard School. The high-ranked "zoned" local high school is James Madison, which features special programs in administration and management, arts and law. The school boasts an extensive music program, a marching band, an indoor pool, tennis courts and grassy athletic fields.
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Madison has a wide variety of housing, from grand four-bedroom stucco homes on large lots with paned glass and wood detail to detached and attached one- and two-family homes-some with yards and driveways. Roomy one-bedroom co-ops in six-story elevator buildings are found primarily on Nostrand and Ocean Avenues.

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 Homefinder, 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.

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