Flatbush was originally chartered as the DutchNieuw Nederland colony town of Midwout in 1651. Both names were used in the Dutch era, and Midwood was an alternative name for Flatbush into the early 20th century. Midwood now describes the area immediately south of Brooklyn College. Midwood's residents predominately feature a mix of Orthodox Jews and Irish Americans.
Flatbush and the five other towns of what was to become Kings County
were surrendered to the English in 1664. The influence of Dutch merchant and farming families remained strong in the area until after consolidation into the City of Greater New York in 1898, after which the development of Flatbush as a suburb, and then an integral part of the larger city, proceeded apace.
Before it was incorporated into the City of Brooklyn in 1894, Flatbush described both the Town of Flatbush, incorporating a large swath of central Kings County extending east to the Queens County border, and the Village of Flatbush, formerly the heart of the current community. Many of the remaining early Dutch structures are in the Flatlands and Marine Park neighborhoods.
the first half of the 20th century, Flatbush had a sizable population
of Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans and Jews. Much as it is today, it
was a working class neighborhood. A vast portion of Flatbush residents
closely followed the Brooklyn Dodgers, which at the time were not only the team of Brooklyn but also of Flatbush in particular. Duke Snider was known as “the Duke of Flatbush”. However, by 1958 the Dodgers left Brooklyn, and Ebbets Field was eventually torn down. Due to shifting neighborhood boundaries, Ebbets Field today would technically be in Crown Heights, as the ballpark was located just north of Empire Boulevard.
During the 1970s and early 1980s, Flatbush experienced a shift in demographics
as it went from being a mostly White, Irish, Italian and Jewish
community to a mostly Black, West Indian community. While most sections
of Flatbush were working class before the demographic shift, there were a
few affluent areas. Prospect Park South had a sizable number of more
affluent homeowners, and more than a few doctors resided on a stretch of
Parkside Avenue immediately adjacent to Prospect Park. However by the
mid-1980s, there were a number of abandoned or semi-abandoned buildings
in the community, with a number of apartment houses falling into a state
of disrepair. Many of the affluent residents left Flatbush and were
replaced by lower income residents. While crime had generally always
been a problem in the community (e.g., a number of stores on Flatbush
and Church Avenues were looted during the 1977 blackout), a drug epidemic
ravaged Flatbush during the 1980s and early 1990s. The area around the
Parade Grounds was particularly notorious for drug turf wars and
shootouts. Street gangs were also prevalent in Flatbush. Columbia Pictures shot some of the 1974 film The Lords of Flatbush here, and CBS aired a short-lived sitcom named Flatbush in 1979, based somewhat on The Lords of Flatbush, but set in contemporary times.
Flatbush today is predominantly African American and West Indian, there
are sizable numbers of Caucasians, Latinos and Arabs living within its
borders. While a majority of residents are working class, there are also
middle-class and wealthier residents who call Flatbush home. The
primary commercial strips are Flatbush, Church and Nostrand Avenues,
with Coney Island Avenue also emerging as a major strip. One can find Caribbean, Soul food, Chinese, Mexican and South Asian
restaurants. Most of the businesses are small ones, with some larger
businesses also present, such as Old Navy, Rite-Aid, Stop & Shop,
Staples, GameStop, and Target.
Flatbush housing varies in character. It generally features apartment
buildings, though some rowhouses are also present. Victorian-style
(albeit older) housing can be found in Prospect Park South, and
brownstones in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.
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