Once referred to as the Little Italy of Brooklyn, Bensonhurst is now one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the city. The charmingly quiet community is home to some of the best pizza joints in all of Brooklyn. Residents take advantage of easy access to surrounding neighborhoods such as Bath Beach and Bay Ridge to enjoy stunning waterfront views. With many shopping and dining options along 86th Street, Bensonhurst is conveniently served by the D elevated subway line and easy access to the Shore Parkway.

Neighborhood Tags

  • Schools
  • Parks
  • Quiet
  • Diverse
  • pet-friendly
  • lifestyle
    What to expectHome to residents from around the world.
  • love
    Youll fall in love withA tight-knit sense of community.
  • vibe
    Unexpected Appeal Close to the waterfront

Neighborhood Highlights

  • Lenny's Pizzeria
  • Brooklyn Public Library
  • Adventurer's Amusement Park
  • Next door to Bath Beach
  • Close to Coney Island

Nearest Subway

  • D
  • F
  • N

Commute Times

Grand Central 58m by train, 59m by car

Columbus Circle 58m by train 60m by car

Union Square 50m by train, 57m by car

Wall Street 46m by train, 44m by car

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Explore Bensonhurst

Bensonhurst is a neighborhood that boasts diversity and a great sense of community.

Throughout the mid-20th century, Bensonhurst received an influx of resident from all around the world.  Such diversity is reflected in the eating and shopping options that are available in the neighborhood. Major streets where you will find coffee shops, restaurants and bars include 18th Avenue, 86th Street and Bay Parkway. 

Waterfront views of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

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What's around you

Residents of Bensonhurst take advantage of being at the center of everything in Brooklyn.

The neighborhoods location is next door to waterfront communities such as the famous Coney Island and Bath Beach.

Birghton Beach near Bensonhusrt, Brooklyn
Coney Island Boardwalk near Bensonhusrt, Brooklyn

Bensonhurst has been well known as the Little Italy of Brooklyn because of its large Italian-American population. The annual Festa di Santa Rosalia, also known as "the feast", is hosted in the neighborhood in late August. This annual end-of-summer celebrations attracts thousands as it features a selection of traditional food, rides, live music and much more. Bensonhurst is also home to one of the most renowned pizzerias of New York City, Lenny's Pizzeria. The opening scene of the movie Saturday Night Fever features John Travolta walking down 86th Street and grabbing a slice to eat at Lenny's Pizzeria. Due to this, the pizzeria has now become a major attraction frequented by locals and reisdents from around the city. For those who like to stay active, the namesake park of Bensonhurst is equipped with amenities such as basketball courts, playgrounds and expansive green spaces.

Buildings in Bensonhurst