Flat or Tall: Bensonhurst is primarily a residential neighborhood. Instead, one can expect tree-lined neighborhoods with stoops and modest gardens.Only one of the subway lines that run through the neighborhood is elevated, meaning fewer chances for obstructed light.History: Bensonhurst is named after Arthur Benson, who bought up farmland in 1835 to later be divided and sold off.
But, after World War II, Bensonhurst became predominantly Italian.
Around this time the neighborhood earned itself a reputation for mafia and mob control (though, that’s now a thing of the distant past).
Popular TV shows “The Honeymooners” and “Welcome Back Kotter” were set in the neighborhood.
Neighborhood: Bensonhurst Population Density:241,270; slightly more densely-populated than Brooklyn in the aggregate (41,683 people per square mile in Bensonhurst, 34,917 people per square mile in Brooklyn overall) Adjacent Neighborhoods: Dyker Heights, Boro Park, Bath Beach, Flatbush, Gravesend Public Transit: D and N subway lines, B1, B3, B4, B6, B8, B9 B82 and B64 bus lines What’s Here: Bensonhurst is a neighborhood with contentious borders.
That is to say, it begins and ends in different places depending on whom you ask.
Bensonhurst is considered Brooklyn’s Little Italy, the largest such Italian enclave in New York City.
And, as is to be expected, the food in Bensonhurst is exceptional.
There are probably too many great pizzerias to mention, though Vic’s, Tony’s, Mama Mia’s and Lenny’s are a start. The neighborhood is also home to a growing Chinese neighborhood, as the D train conveniently connects to Manhattan’s Chinatown along the Grand Street stop.
And, you guessed it, there’s a ton of great Chinese food in the area, including Bamboo Pavilion, Chinese New Star and many others.