5.4 out of 10

Gravesend

Ranked 36th best neighborhood in Brooklyn
40.5950664279428 -73.9844852269801
Great for
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Shopping Options
  • Internet Access
  • Eating Out
  • Childcare
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Reviews

3/5
2yrs+

"Original Dutch Colony Town"

Gravesend is located in southwestern Brooklyn, just north of Coney Island and sandwiched between Sheepshead and Bath Beach. Similar to some of the other neighborhoods in this area, Gravesend was one of the original towns in the Dutch colony. The name is in fact derived from the Dutch “grafe ende” or “the end of the grove.”

What was once a space of salt marsh wetlands and sand hill dunes has been developed into a nice residential community. There is a wide mix of high end apartments and modern homes as well as more affordably priced residences. Gravesend was once home to the Gravesend Race Track, known for its Thoroughbred horse racing, a popular hobby for the residents of this neighborhood. Once it closed, it was never reopened and then sold to developers. Similar in nature are Gravesend monuments and landmarks treated. Locals complain about the neglect and lack of upkeep on most of the neighborhood’s history.

Transportation in the area is by car but also serviced by the Avenue U station of the IND Culver Line (New York City subway system). It seems fairly easy to get around the area and congestion is minimal except on main thoroughfares. The neighborhood is busier on summer weekends when New Yorker’s are heading to the beach.

Tourists will enjoy the beach front shops and cafés centrally located along the beachfront. From kite shops to fish and chips, you will enjoy the ocean air and friendly nature of resident shop owners.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Gravesend, a quiet, humble neighborhood in Brooklyn"

Gravesend is a nice neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Gravesend is bordered by Coney Island, Shore Parkway and Coney Island Creek, Stillwell Avenue, and Kings Highway in the southwestern section of Brooklyn.

Gravesend shares a common history with other neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn, as it was originally home to Dutch farmers beginning in the mid 1600s. Over time, Gravesend benefitted from the progress seen in Coney Island and was developed into a resort town, as many in this section in Brooklyn were given their vicinity to the water and to various stretches of beaches. It's heydey was reached during the 19th century via its three horse racetracks, but eventually Gravesend lost the race against Coney Island and became home to an extremely diverse population of people. Mainly of middle class and working class stock, modern Gravesend is not postured as a resort town, but as a humble neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

Transportation in Gravesend is easy with the D & M trains servicing the neighborhood as well as several public buses. Most families in many sections of Brooklyn do have access to a car.

Real estate in this neighborhood is somewhat costly, as gentrification and new development have struck virtually every neighborhood of the popular borough of Brooklyn. There are variety of styles of homes in this neighborhood, ranging from free standing homes to coops to condos. Due to this diversity, the prices range from $500,000 to well above $2 million depending on the needs of the buyer. Renting and subletting in this neighborhood are much less expensive, as some one bedroom units go for as little as $600.

Entertainment in Gravesend is somewhat unimpressive, as this family-oriented neighborhood lacks the excitement of other Brooklyn neighborhoods. Due to the diverse population of the neighborhood, restaurants and shops reflect the diverse tastes of the residents here.

Though Gravesend lacks the pizazz of nearby neighborhood, the family atmosphere, convenience, and style of this neighborhood do not go unnoticed by its residents and visitors.

Somethings to Try While in Gravesend:
Bianky Hookah, Bar and Lounge - 2340 Coney Island Ave
Back To Nature - 535 Kings Highway
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
3/5
2yrs+

"Quiet neighborhood, far from everything"

If you’re a tourist chances are the only reason you would be in this neighborhood is to pass through it on your way to Coney Island. However – if you are a resident, then there are a few pretty good restaurants to be had in the area. One of these is the kosher eatery, the appropriately named Kosher Hut of Brooklyn. Also in the neighborhood is Fiorentino’s Ristorante, which gets mixed reviews from the locals – but the critics keep insisting that it’s pretty good stuff.
There is some prime real estate way out here, though – if you’re looking for a fancy home that is relatively far from city life (but closer than New Jersey), and you can shell out the cash, then this is your spot.

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Best Streets in Gravesend

1

West St

4/5
"Wonderful street to raise a family on."
40.5920762721378 -73.9705174010799
2

Ave U

3.5/5
"Great tourist area"
40.5967252418769 -73.9755272276031
3

Stillwell Ave

3.5/5
"Good for Coney Island"
40.6076865000221 -73.9873164995972
4

Harway Ave

3/5
"Awesome area!"
40.5907559428106 -73.9892473655816
5

Bay 34th St

3/5
"Everything you need"
40.5975677841557 -73.993524321629

Unranked Streets in Gravesend

West 10th St

2.5/5
"West 10th Street"
40.6107175000435 -73.984062999259

West 8th St

2.5/5
"West 8th Street"
40.6119091248116 -73.9823901201861

West 9th St

2.5/5
"West 9th Street"
40.6111550001083 -73.9831934980252

West 1st St

3.5/5
"West First Street"
40.6093620000827 -73.9751364983852

West 2nd St

2.5/5
"West 2nd Street"
40.6096395002129 -73.9761384962376

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