Neighborhoods Along the Course

May 10, 2014 by Justin Worsley

The Brooklyn Half course includes many different Brooklyn neighborhoods. Check them out, from start to finish, as you run through the Borough of Kings on May 17!

Prospect Heights: This popular neighborhood, which features the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, got even hotter after the opening of the Barclays Center in 2012.

Crown Heights: Originally developed as a posh enclave for Manhattan’s growing bourgeois class, this neighborhood now hosts the annual Labor Day Parade in September, which is also called the West Indian Carnival.

Park Slope: Some of Brooklyn’s trendiest restaurants and kid-friendly establishments are found here. It’s also the original home of baseball’s Dodgers, who played the neighborhood’s Washington Park before Ebbets Field and were known as the Brooklyn Atlantics.

Prospect Park: Developed after the completion of Central Park, Prospect Park features the only lake in the borough, and it hosts a series of outdoor concerts in the summer.

Prospect-Leffert Gardens: Referred to as “Brooklyn’s best kept secret” by residents, this neighborhood features a variety of West Indian eateries, and it’s within walking distance of Prospect Park.

Windsor Terrace: Despite its small size—this neighborhood is only nine blocks wide—Windsor Terrace has had many films shot on location, including Dog Day Afternoon and As Good as It Gets.

Prospect Park South/Victorian Flatbush/Ditmas Park: This neighborhood has been designated a historic district by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Kensington and Parkville: A diverse residential area, Kensington was home to Evelyn Kozak, the world’s oldest Jewish person in history, who died last year at age 113.

Midwood: Midwood is the home of Di Fara Pizza, which consistently ranks high on the list of NYC’s top pizzerias, and it also features a plethora of kosher eateries.

Sheepshead Bay: Named after the fish that used to inhabit the nearby waters, Sheepshead Bay is the home to several celebrities, including Larry David and Andrew Dice Clay.

Brighton Beach: This largely Russian neighborhood, dubbed “Little Odessa” by the locals, has been featured on the reality TV show Russian Dolls.

Coney Island: Nathan’s Hot Dogs, the boardwalk, Luna Park…what more could you ask for at the finish line of the Brooklyn Half? No wonder the neighborhood had more than 14 million visitors last year.

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