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Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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Boundaries:

Located between Park Slope and Bay Ridge, Sunset Park extends from 24th Street in the north to 64th Street in the south and from 1st to 8th Avenues. Sunset Park sits between the elevated Gowanus Expressway and the waterfront, with Bush terminal to the north and the Brooklyn Army Terminal to the south. The large and beautiful Victorian Greenwood Cemetery is a few blocks north. Sunset Park is part of Brooklyn Community District 7.

History:

The area, settled by the Dutch, was farmland until Brooklyn's street grid was laid out in the 1830s. Irish immigrants settled here, followed by Scandinavians, Poles and Italians. Following WWII there was in influx of Latinos; since the 1980s, Asian immigration has been strong. Arabs, Turks, Indians, Greeks and Russians also live in Sunset Park.

Today:

The park is a sloping green oasis facing the setting sun with sweeping views of the harbor. Once almost exclusively Scandinavian, Sunset Park is now known for its dynamic Chinese and Hispanic communities.

The two commercial strips, 5th and 8th Avenues, are dominated by Hispanic and Chinese businesses, respectively, but Vietnamese, Muslim, Norwegian and other stores add to the diversity.

Transportation:
The N, R, M, and D subway lines serve the area, as well as the B9, B11, B35, B37, B63, and B70 bus routes.
Schools:
Sunset Park has many public and parochial elementary and intermediate schools. There is no local public high school; students often attend John Jay, Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn International or Lillian Rashkis. Local Catholic high schools include Our Lady of Perpetual Help High School.
Housing Stock:

Sunset Park offers some co-ops and condos, and many brick, stone and frame one-, two-, and three-family homes. Prices are generally higher toward 8th Avenue, and lower as you move toward the Gowanus and the water. Many homes have yards and finished basements, though few have driveways. Perhaps the first co-ops in NYC, the Finnish Co-ops are located on 43rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Other co-ops can be found along Sunset Park (from 41st to 44th Streets, and from 5th to 7th Avenues). Most of the co-op buildings are about 70 years old. The entire area between 4th and 7th Avenues and 38th and 64th Streets, though not a City landmark, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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, Realtor.com or HomeStore.
Special Note:
While in the neighborhood, don't miss the Greenwood cemetery: 478 acres of rolling hills, 20 miles of winding paths, Egyptian style mausoleums and gothic tombs. Mae West, Louis Comfort Tiffany, "Boss" Tweed, Samuel Morse, and Henry Ward Beecher are among those interred here. The cemetery is not generally open to the public, but walking tours are regularly organized by the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment, at (718) 788-8500, or historian John Cashman, at (718) 469-5277. The Brooklyn Historical Society and Sunset Park Restoration periodically offers guided tours, and also provides booklets for self-guided tours. The cemetery includes the highest points in Brooklyn and splendid views of the harbor.

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