Gravesend is filled with both history and culture as one of the oldest settlements in Long Island and nationwide. This historic community is located to the west of tree-lined Ocean Parkway and is famous for its specialty stores. Residents take advantage of tennis courts at McDonald Park and enjoy access to a variety of entertainment options throughout the neighborhood. Gravesend is served by the D, F, and N trains as well as the Belt Parkway along the southern edge of the neighborhood. 

Neighborhood Tags

  • Parks
  • Schools
  • Tree-lined streets
  • Shopping
  • pet-friendly
  • vibe
    What to expectCommunity and diversity pride.
  • love
    You'll fall in love withThe proximity to Coney Island
  • lifestyle
    The lifestyleGravesend is a warm and welcoming community

Neighborhood Highlights

  • Close to Coney Island
  • Gravesend Library
  • New York Aquarium
  • 86th Street
  • McDonald Park
  • Avenue U
  • Ocean Parkway

Located in southern brooklyn

Nearest Subway

  • D
  • F
  • N

Commute Times

Union Square 48m by train, 51m by car

Wall Street 45m by train, 37m by car

Grand Central 55m by train, 46m by car

Columbus Circle 58m by train, 60m by car

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Explore Gravesend

Gravesend has a warm and friendly atmosphere and convenience that you will love.

The founder of Gravesend is one that is venerated by residents in this neighborhood. Gravesend was founded in 1645 by Lady Deborah Moody who designed a street system that is still in place today near the center of the neighborhood. Many years after the town was founded, developments brought in a wave of new residents to this once farmland area. After Ocean Parkway, three race tracks and the Coney Island resort opened near by, the community saw an influx of individuals looking to move in and call this place home. Today you will find residents from countries from all over the world. The diveristy that this community offers is reflected along the busy storefronts of its commerical avenues. 

Waterfront views of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge

Gravesend is waterfront community offers views of Gravesend Bay and the New York Harbor.  Along Avenue U and 86th street you will find the best of eateries, green spaces and shopping that Gravesend has to offer. 

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What's around you

Wether it is within or around the neighborhood, residents in Gravesend will always have something to do.

Seal at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island

Living in Gravesend means that you will be surrounded by the best of eateries, shops and recreational activities. Residents take advantage of a short commute to the shorefront communities of Coney Island and Brighton Beach that offer dozens of amusements, miles of sandy beaches and many multi-ethnic restaurants and shops. Within the neighborhood, the shopping districts also offer a selection of restaurants, diners and cafes. Avenue U and 86th street are filled with both locally-owned shops and big-brand chain stores to fulfill your shopping needs. One neighborhood favorite is L&B Pizza's, an excellent pizza shop with a cozy outdoor seating area. Residents and their young ones can stay active at one of Gravesend's parks which include the Jim Franco Field, William Kelly Memorial Park, and Scarangella Park. Residents can enjoy cultural events from nearby neighborhoods such as the annual feast in honor of St. Rosalia in Bensonhurst and the Ragamuffin Parade, in Bay Ridge which showcases the talents of kids from all over the borough.

Buildings in Gravesend