Brooklyn has dozens of neighborhoods which have long been populated by separate ethic groups, although the borough is becoming increasingly gentrified. Popular neighborhoods still representing particular cultures are Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and East New York, famous African-American communities. Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay are havens for Russians and Ukrainians. Bushwick has a large population of Hispanic-Americans, including individuals from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and South America. Italian-Americans can be found in Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, and Bay Ridge.
With a history of over 400 years, many of the Brooklyn’s homes can be found on the National Registry of Historic Places. The Brooklyn Heights neighborhood has original 19th century Federal Style homes. Rowhouses are plentiful in the Greenpoint Historic District along Kent Street. Tree-lined streets and walk-up condominiums are prevalent throughout the borough.
A family retreat and roller-coaster heaven, Coney Island has been a favorite Brooklyn pastime for almost two hundred years and hosts the annual Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Designed by the same authors of Manhattan’s Central Park, Prospect Park is a 585 acre park which is home to Brooklyn’s only lake, a zoo, and seven baseball fields. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens includes cherry trees, a bonsai tree collection, and activities for children and families. Bringing baseball back to Brooklyn, watching a Brooklyn Cyclones minor league game has been a summertime activity since 2001.