Sitting on the waterfront in western Brooklyn, Sunset Park was formerly part of Bay Ridge and Gowanus, but became its own neighborhood in the 1960s. After being purchased and resettled by the Dutch, Sunset Park’s waterfront became an agricultural hub. When North American shipping to and from New York Harbor was most popular, Sunset Park’s community grew due to the influx of immigrants.
Sunset Park’s home market consists of early 1900s limestones, brownstones, a mix of brick and wood rowhouses, and modern apartment complexes. This nabe is a great investment, as well as a great place to live. The entire region between 4th and 7th Avenues and 38th to 64th Streets is classified as a historic landmark, making it the largest urban historic district in the northeast USA. As such, real estate in this area holds its value well, and the thriving economy assures the neighborhood’s growth for decades to come.
The neighborhood also features one of the most varied restaurant selections in NYC. Brooklyn’s own Chinatown, along 8th Avenue, features over 20 blocks of Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian, and other Asian restaurants. Street vendors offer fresh fish, meat, produce, and exotic spices. A few blocks away, Fifth Avenue is home to a variety of Spanish and Latin-American restaurants, including excellent taquerias and tapas bars.
Greenwood Cemetery, the 478-acre historic treasure of Sunset Park, offers over 20 miles of winding paths, rolling hills, and picturesque lakes. Within Greenwood, the Battle Hill site offers a direct view of the Statue of Liberty. Although not as large, Greenwood is more than a match for Central Park, in beauty and serenity. This is not such a surprise, actually, considering that the same architects who built Central Park, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, designed Greenwood. Besides Greenwood, there are several parks, including the 24.5-acre Sunset Park, the Owls Head Park, Shore Road Park, McKinley Park, and the Leif Eriksen Park and Square.
Only a couple of miles away, the spectacular 585-acre Prospect Park complex offers lakefront views, tennis courts, an ice-skating rink, jogging trails, Brooklyn’s only forest (150 acres of multi-species trees), the Prospect Park Zoo, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and much more. Right next to the Prospect Park, the Grand Army Plaza complex includes the historic Soldiers and Sailors Arch monument, the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and several other cultural landmarks throughout the area.
Sunset Park is not missing out on transportation options, either. The Gowanus Expressway and the BQE provide high-speed access to Manhattan and Staten Island; a ferry takes you across the bay to New Jersey, avoiding the Manhattan traffic; and the D, M, N, and R subway lines provide a connection to the nearby Atlantic-Pacific subway hub, with its 11 subway lines and a LIRR platform. Bus service is provided by the 1, 9, 11, 35, 37, 63, and 70 routes, as well as express X27, X28, X37, and X38 buses to Manhattan via Red Hook and the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.
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