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Ocean Hill is a subsection of Bedford-Stuyvesant in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Founded in 1890, the neighborhood is part of Brooklyn Community Board 3 and Brooklyn Community Board 16.
The neighborhood has a diverse community with large number of African Americans, and a small number of Caribbean and Latin Americans. From the begining of the 20th century to the 1960's Ocean Hill was a italian enclave. The main thoroughfare is Rockaway Avenue, and it is served by the IND Fulton Street Line (A and C trains) and the BMT Jamaica Line (J and Z trains) of the New York City Subway. The neighborhood is also near a central transportation hub, the Broadway Junction Subway Station which the A,C,L,J and Z lines meet, one of the largest subway stations in Brooklyn. There is also a nearby connection to the LIRR at the nearby East New York Station. The 73rd Police Precinct covers the area. Currently, the crime rate for the neighborhood has reached an all time low.
Ocean Hill's boundaries start from Broadway (Bushwick) to Ralph Avenue (Bed-Stuy proper), to East New York Avenue (Brownsville) To Van Sinderen Avenue (East New York).
Like the rest of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill is also in the process of gentrification. An increasing number of Asians, Hispanics, and Whites are moving into the area. This is due to the fact that the rents are slightly lower than the rest of Bedford-Stuyvesant proper and many abandoned buildings have been rehabilitated. Prospect Plaza, once a notorious housing project unit, has been closed by the New York City Housing Authority to make room for condominiums.
Many residents of Ocean Hill rarely use the name, and consider themselves residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant. The news media also uses the Bed-Stuy name. Recently the neighborhood has been referred as Ocean Hill-Bedford Stuyvesant. The zip code for the neighborhood is 11233.
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