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Victorian Flatbush

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Victorian Flatbush

Victorian Flatbush is the western section of the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York, bordering Midwood, that is characterized by Victorian houses. Much of it is usually now thought of as part of Ditmas Park.

The neighborhoods of Victorian Flatbush were developed in the early twentieth century from farmland in the former village of Flatbush, in response to the construction of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit line to Coney Island, and were some of the earliest suburbs. Developers including Dean Alvord, Lewis Pounds and particularly Thomas Benton Ackerson sold the new developments as country living, under the name "The Village in the City". Utilities and the subway were buried underground, and the area was carefully laid out with tree-lined avenues and country clubs. The detached houses, many of them large and no two alike, were designed in fashionable styles including "Victorian, Queen Anne, shingle style, colonial revival, neo-Tudor, Spanish Mission and Georgian", with porches and columns, and in many cases bay windows, turrets, and stained glass, and the area resembles other parts of the US more than it does the rest of New York. It is one of the largest collections of Victorian houses in the country. There has been rezoning to guard against oversize buildings near Coney Island Avenue.

Victorian Flatbush is in the western part of Flatbush, bounded approximately by Prospect Park South or Church Avenue in the north and Avenue H in the south, and by Flatbush Avenue in the east and Coney Island Avenue in the west. It includes a dozen neighborhoods or enclaves:

  • Albemarle-Kenmore Terraces, designated a New York City historic district in July 1978
  • The Beverley Squares, Beverley Square East and Beverley Square West, major focuses of Ackerson's building
  • Caton Park, sometimes called NoProPaSo (North of Prospect Park South)
  • Ditmas Park, Ditmas Park Historic District designated a historic district in July 1981
  • Ditmas Park West
  • Fiske Terrace, designated a historic district in March 2008 with Midwood Park
  • Midwood Park, designated a historic district in March 2008 with Fiske Terrace
  • Newkirk
  • Prospect Park South
  • South Midwood, bordering the Brooklyn College campus to the north
  • West Midwood, with a large number of houses designed by Ackerson
  • Many parts of Victorian Flatbush, particularly those centered on Cortelyou Road—Ditmas Park West and the Beverley Squares—are now usually thought of as part of Ditmas Park. It has also been identified with Midwood.

    The Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church on 19th Street in the Ditmas Park Historic District is often used for community meetings. Victorian Flatbush now includes five New York City historic districts, and residents of the sections that have not yet been designated city historic districts are working with the Flatbush Development Corporation and the Historic Districts Council to win designation.


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