Above video made by BLACK STAR project, Mos Def at the time – today better known as Yasiin Bey featuring Talib Kweli as tribute to Flatbush Ave ‘dollar van‘ became one of the landmarks in Brooklyn. This is also one of the ways of transportation OR ‘attractions’ you can also experience in NYC – under phrase Only in Brooklyn!
Flatbush Ave generaly speaking is the super exotic attraction of New York City. This crowded place ‘needs your attention’ if you decide to drive both ways (south or north). As SAM SIFTON of New York Times describes Brooklyn as ‘a destination in its own right.’
In fact it is one of New York City‘s most popular touristic gems where you can find a nesting ground of artists, designers, collectors and craftspeople brewed from the integration and immigration over the years of people from diverse ethnicity.
Flatbush Ave, starting with DUMBO or (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpas) from the North-West OR Manhattan OR shores of Hudson River encompasses two sections: one located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridge and another that continues east from the Manhattan Bridge to the Vinegar Hill area. The area has emerged as one of New York City’s premier arts districts. Click here for map of DUMBO.
Each year the DUMBO Arts Festival seeks to highlight Brooklyn’s commitment to and presence in the arts community by presenting the best in local, national, and international art amid the breathtaking backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.
Following BAM you’ll encounter Brooklyn’s newest landmark – Barclays Center, the home of Brooklyn Nets. Moving through the neighborhood of typical ‘brownstones’ you’ll pass Grand Army Plaza, nesting the Central park of Brooklyn – Prospect Park. Nearby is the famous Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Botanical Garden which was accompanied with the famous Ebbets Field – home of Brooklyn Dodgers (today this location host residential buildings).
Leaving Prospect Park Zoo and continuing south you’ll pass Kings Theatre listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a bit further meet Brooklyn College. Although there are no more high raise buildings Flatbush is still a crowded place – all way down to Kings Plaza Mall. Just before you reach Brooklyn shores there is one more world famous destination, Floyd Bennett Field, first municipal airport, later a naval air station, and now a park.
North Brooklyn OR ‘downtown’ / ‘Downtown Brooklyn‘ is an area with more activity but South Brooklyn OR ‘Flatbush Ave around Brooklyn College‘ you’ll find exotic Caribbean’s and great diversities of old and new upcoming Brooklyn sphere. Also, on both ends downtown Atlantic Ave Terminal and Brooklyn College runs the MTA subway line 2 / 3.
The name FLATBUSH is an Anglicization of the Dutch language
[vlacke OR vlak = flat; meaning “flat woodland” OR “wooded plain”]
probably because the flat land that community was built on.
The Flatbush community has been receiving an influx of immigrants from the Caribbean, predominantly from Haiti, Trinidad (Trinidad & Tobago), Jamaica, Grenada, Guyana, Barbados, St. Lucia and African countries like Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Kenya. Prior to the arrival of these groups, the Flatbush community had already been diverse, with many Italians, African-Americans and Jews.
Although Bushwick is the largest hub of Brooklyn’s Hispanic-American community Flatbush Ave also receiving sparking influence of Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Dominicans, and Panamanians.
Chinese live throughout the southern parts of Brooklyn and there is no BK district around Flatbush Ave without Chinese or Korean restaurant.
This cocktail in constant motion of mixtures makes Flatbush Ave more diverse and exotic.
South from Brooklyn College is Midwood and residents predominately feature a mix of Orthodox Jews and Irish Americans. Flatbush was originally chartered as the Dutch Nieuw 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.
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.
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.
Today about few hundreds year after Prospect Park as Brooklyn only forest is the invisible line to connect ‘downtown Brooklyn’ and ‘Brooklyn south’. At that point in such diverse community as Flatbush is main attraction of locals and tourists attracting over 30 milion visitors a year. Downtown Brooklyn is a more outing zone for the evening whereby south is more day time zone and it is more diversed with Islanders.
Flatbush community is included in the lyrics/title of song: “Bone to Bone” (see lyrics below) performed by world famous band ‘Aerosmith‘ / ‘Steven Tyler‘ who signed to judge contestants on the popular reality singing competition American Idol for 2010/2011 season joining Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.
…Flatbush boy cruisin’ sheepshead bay
His boardwalk mama just a sniff away
Underground dmt, ridin’ thunder train
The cone island white fish boy is on the run again…
(Steven Tyler – Aerosmith)
Yes, Flatbush Ave it is very crowded place particularly in some portions which makes this Avenue World Wide unique and it is a great example/sample of multicultural, multiracial, multireligious richness of life and coexistence.
If we can make it short we'll say this:"You can get a glimps of everything in Flatbush and it is 'Island spice' of NYC"