Week thirty-six: Ditmas Park

After trimming my hair, Vito Fiumefreddo was kind enough to select my thirty-sixth neighborhood, one I’ve needed no invitation to visit in the past.

Behind Vito is Tom Meany, President of Prospect Park Track Club.

Behind Vito is Tom Meany, President of Prospect Park Track Club.

Split in two by the BMT Brighton Line, Ditmas Park is bounded by Beverley Road to the north, Ocean Avenue to the east, Foster Avenue to the south, and Coney Island Avenue to the west. Its two main strips are Cortelyou Road and Ditmas Avenue, also named for Jan Jansen Van Ditmarsen Jr, who built a home on Flatbush Avenue near Ditmas Avenue in 1695.

Ditmas Park map

It’s also home to some of the coolest houses in the city, along Argyle, Rugby, and Marlborough Roads. This area is one of my favorite destinations to bring out-of-town visitors – and, sometimes, even fellow Brooklyn residents. (Here’s a recap from a tour I gave a friend who was thinking of buying last year.)

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