Kensington, Brooklyn, New York City
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Kensington is a neighborhood in the center of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It is the area south of Prospect Park and the Green-Wood Cemetery. It is bordered by Coney Island Avenue to the east, Caton Avenue/ Ft. Hamilton Parkway to the north, 36th St to the west, and Ditmas Avenue to the south. The neighborhoods that border it are Ditmas Park and Prospect Park South to the east, Windsor Terrace to the north, Borough Park to the west, and Parkville to the south.
Kensington is a predominantly residential area consisting of housing types that run the gamut from brick rowhouses, to detached one family Victorians and apartment buildings. Pre-war brick apartment buildings dominate the Ocean Parkway and Coney Island Avenue frontage, many operating as co-ops. The main commercial streets are on Coney Island Avenue and Church Avenue. Ocean Parkway bisects the neighborhood and the F train (IND Culver Line) runs along the western part of the neighborhood. In addition, Kensington is served by the B16, B23, B35, B67, B68, and B103 local buses, as well as the BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, and X29 express buses to Manhattan.
Kensington is a very diverse neighborhood, containing South Asian (Bangladeshi and Pakistani), Chinese, Orthodox Jewish, Irish, Polish, Italian, Albanian, Russian, Mexican, Muslim, and Caribbean communities.
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