Sunset Park - Neighborhood Profile

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Sunset Park at a Glance:

Sunset Park may be one of Brooklyn's most diverse neighborhoods. Here you'll find charming brownstones, a thriving Latin American culture, Brooklyn's largest Chinese community, and a recent influx of young New Yorkers in search of cheaper rents.

The neighborhood's multicultural make-up is only part of its charm. The park that gives Sunset Park its name is a beautiful piece of land that offers stunning views of Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn, and even Staten Island and New Jersey.

Sunset Park on the Map:

Sunset Park stretches south from 15th Street at the edge of Park Slope and runs north to 65th Street, where it is bordered by Bay Ridge. The neighborhood runs to 9th Avenue and Borough Park to the east and Upper New York Bay to the west.

Sunset Park Transportation:

Sunset Park can be accessed by subway on the D, M, N, and R trains. Six bus lines also serve the area: the B9, B11, B35, B37, B63, and B70.

Sunset Park Schools:

  • PS 1, 307 47th Street
  • PS 24, 427 38th Street
  • PS 24 Annex, 4004 4th Avenue
  • PS 94, 5010 6th Avenue
  • PS 169, 4305 7th Avenue
  • PS 172, 825 4th Avenue
  • PS 314, 330 59th Street
  • IS 136, 4004 4th Avenue
  • IS 220, 4812 9th Avenue
  • Al Noor School, 675 4th Avenue
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 5902 6th Avenue
  • St. Agatha School, 736 48th Street
  • St. Michael School, 4222 4th Avenue
  • Tomer Dvora School, 1413 45th Street
  • Touro College, 475 53rd Street

    Sunset Park Real Estate:

    Low crime, ample park space, and plentiful transportation make Sunset Park a desirable place to live. While you might get more space for your money here (and potential park views!), apartments in the neighborhood are by no means cheap. The median apartment sales price is approximately $715,000. Studios rent from $1000 to $1500.

    Sunset Park Bars & Restaurants:

    Anyone with a penchant for Latin American and Asian cuisine will love eating out in Sunset Park. Inexpensive taquerias, Chinese restaurants, and Vietnamese sandwich shops line the streets. My picks include Ba Xuyen (4222 8th Ave) for what may be the best banh mi in New York City, Yu Nan Flavour Snack (775A 49th St) for amazing noodles, and Tacos Matamoros (4508 Fifth Ave) for a variety of tempting taco concoctions.

    If you're looking to go out on the town, head to Vin Rouge (629 5th Ave) for wine and cheese, or make your way to the Living Room Lounge (245 23rd St) for a low-key night of pool and cheap drinks.

    Sunset Park Activities & Attractions:

    The neighborhood's main draw is its 24.5-acre namesake park, a green gem that offers gorgeous views of the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, Staten Island, and New Jersey. A favorite among locals, the park also boasts a large playground and a popular public swimming pool.

    History buffs won't want to miss Green-Wood Cemetery, a beautifully landscaped landmark located in the heart of the neighborhood. The cemetery's four ponds, rolling hills, enormous trees, and flower gardens attract visitors from throughout the city, and you could easily wander around the grounds for hours.

    Sunset Park Shopping:

    Shopping in Sunset Park is an experience that reflects the neighborhood's diverse background. Fifth Avenue is filled with grocery stores and Latin American markets, while the always-busy Eighth Avenue is the main hub of Brooklyn's Chinatown. Here you can stock up on paper lanterns and a variety of specialty Asian foods and ingredients.

    Sunset Park Essentials:

    Neighborhood Blog: Sunset Park Chronicled
    Zip Code: 11220
    Post Offices: 6102 Fifth Avenue; 5501 7th Avenue