Located in central Brooklyn, Flatbush is a culturally diverse residential neighborhood. Originally named by the early Dutch settlers here (it means "Flat Woodland") and devoted to farmland, it evolved from a rural area into an affluent community, urbanized with the arrival of immigrants first from Europe, then from the Caribbean, and is now attracting professionals and young families thanks to its relative affordability.
Due to its history Flatbush has a rich collection of housing styles: you'll find detached Victorian mansions, brick townhomes, two-story rowhouses, brownstones, and large apartment buildings. Parts of the neighborhood feel quite urban while in others have the feel of a quiet suburb.
Residents love the vibrant community and the social and economic diversity here. Caribbean delis and restaurants dot the neighborhood along with gastropubs, Thai, French, Japanese, Mexican, and Italian restaurants.
Flatbush borders the 585 acres (237 hectares) of Prospect Park. You'll find plenty of grassy spaces for lounging around, walking and running paths, a lake, fishing, athletic fields, horseback riding, nature walks, boating, playgrounds, and a green market.
Flatbush is bordered on the north by Prospect Park and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, on the east by East Flatbush, on the south by Midwood, and on the west by Kensington.
Wall Street: 6.5 miles / 20-55 minutes by car / 35-50 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 10.9 miles / 40-80 minutes by car / 45-55 minutes by transit
Jersey City: 13.4 miles / 40-80 minutes by car / 55-65 minutes by transit
Downtown Brooklyn: 4.2 miles / 25-60 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit / 35 minutes by bike