Neighborhood Spotlight: Prospect Park South

The Brooklyn neighborhood south of Prospect Park has had many names over the years: Victorian Flatbush, Ditmas Park, and most recently Prospect Park South.  Some even argue about borders where Flatbush ends and Kensington/Ditmas Park begins. Despite any disagreements about the names or boundaries, Prospect Park South remains a quiet enclave on the outskirts of more bustling neighborhoods, affording residents here the hard-to-come-by combination of suburban-urban life.  With tree-lined streets, large Victorian houses with big, landscaped yards, and small locally-owned businesses, Prospect Park South really feels like a neighborhood. Plenty of things have changed but what remains is the sense of community, especially among long-time residents who have raised children and grandchildren here, often from the same home they’ve owned for decades and those new to the area.  Today, let’s focus on all that Prospect Park South has to offer and take a look at my available listing in the heart of this comfortable community. 

Kings Theater

Originally opened in 1929, this beautiful theater once hosted many live acts. With the decline of vaudeville, the space was converted to a movie theater.  It closed in 1977, the interior mostly still intact. However, it sat vacant and uncared allowing the building to slowly deteriorate over decades. Finally, in 2010, the City of New York which owns the theater, announced plans for restoration and renovation.  The theater was fully restored to its former glory as a performance arts venue and reopened in 2015. It is now a fully operating performance space that has featured many well-known bands, comedy acts, and other types of theatrical performances, all in the very heart of Flatbush/Prospect Park South.  Upcoming performances include The Wailers, Bon Iver, comedian Eric Andre, Russian Ballet Theater’s Swan Lake, and even the Brooklyn Beer & Wine Festival.

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Courtelyou Road
Photo by Wally Gobetz

The main commercial artery of Ditmas Park, Courtelyou Road between E 18th Street and Coney Island Avenue features many small, artful businesses. While Flatbush Avenue houses more retail shops like clothing stores, Courtelyou is the place to go for brunch (The Farm on Adderley), dinner (Purple Yam, Mimi’s Hummus), happy hour (The Castello Plan, Manchego) or a night out.  Some bars feature live music on a regular basis (Bar Chord, Sycamore) and almost all of the restaurants and bars have outdoor space. 

Victorian Flatbush
Photo by Peggy Truong

Most recently referred to as Ditmas Park, this area between Flatbush and Coney Island Avenues, is one of the earliest suburbs of Manhattan.  Owned by the Dutch Reformed Church of Flatbush, developer Dean Alvord purchased 40 acres to create a community that was “the country in the city” after the BRT (Brooklyn Rapid Transit) to Coney Island was complete, creating access. Elegant, detached homes were built and the area was carefully laid out with paved, tree-lined avenues.  Most of the neighborhood was landmarked by the New York City Landmarks Commission in 1979.

1701 Albemarle Road

In the heart of this vibrant, yet quiet neighborhood is a spacious one bedroom, one bath apartment in a doorman building available for sale.  Features include a large bedroom with 2 exposures and multiple closets, eat-in kitchen and hardwood floors throughout.  Berkley Square offers a full-time doorman, live-in super, bike and regular storage, parking (waitlisted) and more.  The apartment is a 13-minute walk to Prospect Park and nearby all the wonderful things featured above.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me for more details or to schedule an appointment.

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