Kensington, named after a leafy London suburb, is an oasis of trees and houses at the southwest corner of Prospect Park. The area was first colonized by Dutch settlers in the seventeenth century and then resettled by the British a century later. In the late nineteenth century, Kensington was further developed with the completion of Ocean Parkway and grew into the multicultural center it is today. Kensington is bounded by Coney Island Avenue to the east, Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue to the north, McDonald Avenue and 37th Street to the west, and Foster Avenue and 47th Street to the south.
Kensington is a dynamically multicultural area and the variety of local restaurants reflects this diversity. The Farm on Adderley serves American style cuisine and aims to provide “thoughtfully produced food and ingredients” by tapping small and local farms to stock their kitchen. For Middle-Eastern cuisine, visit Mimi’s Hummus, a small café that serves dishes reminiscent of those found in “Israel, Morocco, and the Kurdish region of Iraq.” The Purple Yam is a hub for Pan-Asian culture and cuisine.
The elementary school needs of Kensington are served by P.S. 179, along with a wide variety of private and religious schools. To serve the larger education needs of the community, The Kensington Public Library, located on 18th Avenue between East 2nd and East 3rd Streets, was opened in 2012 and is New York City’s greenest public library.
Ocean Parkway, the primary thoroughfare through Kensington, features six miles of landscaped malls, benches, chess tables, and walking and biking paths and links Prospect Park to Coney Island. Church Avenue between Ocean Parkway and McDonald Avenue is the main shopping district in this section of Brooklyn. Kensington is a short stroll from Prospect Park, and the historic Kensington Stables continues to offer lessons and trail rides through the Park. Kensington is rapidly increasing in popularity amongst newcomers and long-time residents for its ease of transportation, ethnic diversity, and central location.
Transportation to Kensington is provided by the F & G trains, along with the B8, B16, B35, B67, B68, and B103 local buses, as well as the BM1, BM2, BM3, and BM4 express buses to Manhattan.