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Prospect-Lefferts Gardens derives its name from its three main attractions: Prospect Park, Lefferts Manor, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Located to the south-east of the Park, this neighborhood consists of mostly stone row houses, with a few condos and co-ops that have become available in recent years.
Flatbush Avenue is the best place to go for shopping, but Nostrand Avenue is a close second. Caribbean influences are strong, making Barbadian and Jamaican cuisine plentiful and high-quality. The neighborhood covers the area between Empire Boulevard to the north and Clarkson Avenue to the south, stretching east to west from New York Avenue to Ocean Avenue. Houses and apartments on Ocean Avenue overlook Prospect Park.
Picturesque residential streets here are lined with maple trees and sycamores. Homes display a variety of architectural styles, especially within the designated historic district. Victorian frame houses share the sidewalk with Romanesque revival brownstones, and the buildings are kept in excellent condition.
Prospect Park offers such amusements as a zoo, a skating rink and a carousel. It is also home to the Lefferts Homestead Museum, which reveals some of the neighborhood’s history. Lefferts Manor, consisting of 600 building developments in the historic district and dating back to 1893, was the project of James Lefferts, whose family owned the original estate beginning in the 17th century. His home was moved from its original location in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens to its current place inside Prospect Park. It is now a museum that offers visitors hands-on activities like spinning wool as a commemoration of life in another era. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one of Brooklyn’s prize possessions, is also close by.
Prospect-Lefferts Gardens is served by the B/Q subway line, as well as the 2 and 5 trains and is a relatively short commute from Manhattan.