Living in Bensonhurst Brooklyn, New York
Living in picturesque Bensonhurst, New York is to have one foot in the past and one in the future. This family-oriented suburb is built around an infrastructure based on a rich history. Infused by waves of new residents and businesses, this multicultural neighborhood in Brooklyn offers a colorful and contemporary lifestyle.
Arthur W. Benson, the wealthy owner of Brooklyn Gas, bought the farmland that is now Bensonhurst between 1835 and 1850. The converted pastoral lands were then sold off and eventually annexed into the 30th Ward of Brooklyn in the 1890s. A middle class haven was born.
Immigrants flocked to Bensonhurst right away, recognizing a place with great potential, a place where they could settle down.
The strong Italian immigrant presence, which used to define the founding of this area still exists, exemplified through the numerous Italian-owned businesses in the area. Over the years that strong immigrant vibe has expanded to groups from other countries, giving Bensonhurst a rich and complex landscape.
Bensonhurst came into its own in the early 1930s as construction of high-rise buildings boomed. Today, the area is a mixture of those buildings, single-family detached and attached houses, and multi-family dwellings.
Though the ethnic mix of the community has evolved, the strong sense of family and deep roots have not. It’s not usual to have two or three generations of families living within close proximity to each other, or even reside in the same house.
One huge draw for this colorful Bensonhurst neighborhood is “The Feast”, the end of summer Italian festival held on 18thAvenue. This celebration of community and culture is indicative of the multicultural and varied lifestyle residents enjoy.
Plentiful – and diverse - Bensonhurst restaurants and shops line the streets along 18th Avenue, Bay Parkway and 86th Street in Bensonhurst. With a myriad of options when it comes to transportation - including subways, buses and access to major roadways - life in Bensonhurst is convenient for commuters and those looking to take advantage of other New York neighborhoods.
The school system is solid and reports excellent test scores. A large park offers game tables, handball courts and basketball courts, baseball fields and playgrounds; biking and running trails add to the appeal of Bensonhurst park.
A bustling and energetic neighborhood, Bensonhurst offers a sense of community often missing from other busy places. The best of both worlds, life in Bensonhurst has much to offer!
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