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Gravesend Brooklyn Neighborhood Guide

Gravesend Brooklyn is a diverse, family-oriented neighborhood along the waterfront of Gravesend Bay. Though it is on the quieter side, there is lots to do in this area, and lots of room to breathe. Its proximity to Coney Island makes it a great destination for beach lovers.

The People

Gravesend Brooklyn was traditionally a neighborhood with many Italians. Now, it is much more diverse and global.

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The neighborhood demographics are as follows:

  • 8.4% Black
  • 52.8% White
  • 16.0% Hispanic
  • 21.2% Asian
  • 0.1% American Indian
  • 1.3% Multiple Races
  • 0.1% Pacific Islander
  • 0.1% Other

The Food


The food in Gravesend, like in other NYC neighborhoods, is largely reflective of the diverse people who call the neighborhood home. The food ranges from Italian classics, to Latin favorites, to a variety of Middle Eastern fare. Here are our favorites:

  • L & B Spumoni Gardens – This neighborhood institution has been serving up some of NYC’s best Sicilian pizza since 1939. Rest assured that this is going to be an authentic and delicious experience.
  • La Chacra – This casual neighborhood establishment offers delicious Pollo a la Braza, other Peruvian classics, beer and wine. Don’t forget to wash it all down with an Inca Kola!
  • Zinger Halal Express – This fast-casual takeout joint serves up delicious, authentic Middle Eastern cuisine to the diverse residents of Gravesend and surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Mtskheta Cafe – This simple, local establishment provides the neighborhood with Georgian classics in a simple, authentically foreign atmosphere. Don’t underestimate the food, it made it onto the Michelin Guide.

The Vibe

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Gravesend is a diverse, family-oriented Brooklyn neighborhood along the waterfront of Gravesend Bay. Though it is on the quieter side, there is lots to do in this area, and lots of room to breathe. Its proximity to Coney Island makes it a great destination for beach lovers.

The Setting

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Gravesend is located in the southern part of Brooklyn. It is bound to the north by Avenue P. Ocean Parkway runs along the neighborhood’s eastern border. To the south, the neighborhood runs along Shore Parkway and the Gravesend Bay waterfront. To the northwest, the neighborhood is bound by Bay Parkway.

Gravesend Brooklyn Attractions

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  • Adventure’s Amusement Park – This mid-sized amusement park offers attractions, rides, shows, games, mini golf, and a petting farm with close proximity to the water.
  • Calvert Vaux Park – This NYC park not only offers water views and glimpses of the winged wildlife naturally attracted to such an ideal setting, but also a playground, a main entry rain garden, two synthetic turf fields, basketball courts, bocce courts, six baseball diamonds, a soccer field and a newly restored waterfront.
  • Coney Island: This iconic beachside community is adjacent to Gravesend and offers a plethora of fun activities:
    • Coney Island Beach – Vintage 3-mile sandy seaside with a boardwalk, amusements, fairground rides & seasonal lifeguards.
    • Luna Park – Expansive boardwalk amusement park that offers a variety of kid’s rides, thrill rides, and even Roller Coasters. This is the site of the iconic Coney Island Cyclone.
    • Deno’s Wonder Wheel – Boardwalk rides, games, and food, including the iconic Wonder Wheel ferris wheel.
    • New York Aquarium – This must-see attraction features an array of aquatic life and award-winning exhibits to showcase the beauty of marine life from the surrounding area and from around the world.


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Gravesend isn’t the most lively Brooklyn neighborhood. However, there are a couple of dive bars, sports bars, and a couple of nice lounges:

  • La Boheme Lounge – Hookahs and finger food in a loungey, bi-level setting with a house-music soundtrack.
  • Living Room – Low-lit nightspot with a warm vibe for cocktails, hookahs & American fare, plus belly dancers.

Moving Here

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Now that you know what this neighborhood has to offer, you’ll need a team of professional, reliable movers to get you there.

Metropolis Moving has gained the reputation of being one of New York City’s most courteous, careful, and friendly professional moving services. Get a quote today and you’ll be on your way to living the life you envision for yourself in Gravesend Brooklyn.

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