Kensington

Pastoral charm in the middle of Brooklyn.

There’s a central Brooklyn neighborhood where you can hitch up your horse at an early 1900s barn? Of course, if you’re in Kensington. This neighborhood’s Victorian mansions and quiet side streets evoke a pastoral charm, but its commercial corridors remind you that you’ve made it to the 21st century. Boutiques, bodegas, and the occasional 99-cent store line Kensington’s main avenues. Luckily, its shops (and Manhattan) aren't difficult to access thanks to the F train.

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On the Map

Kensington is within Brooklyn and bordered by Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Sunset Park, Midwood, and Flatbush

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Possible

JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Laguardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 44 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 44 minutes by subway

A Multitude of Cultures Meets in Kensington

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Kensington's striking multiculturalism is reflected in the windows of its bodegas, boutiques, and barber shops–their languages change by the storefront.

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Other cultures collide in Kensington, too. The neighborhood is bordered by a Hassidic Jewish community to the west, a Haitian community to the east, and a hipster community to the north.

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Kensington's religious community is as diverse as its inhabitants' origins.

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Churches, synagogues, and mosques share one another's shadows.

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In addition to young professionals in their 20s and 30s, there are many families with young children and elderly parents living here...It is such a great little community! Quite an interesting mix of cultures, as Old World meets New. In addition to the afore-mentioned hip restaurants, there is also cuisine from around the world."

Cuisines Representing Many Cultures

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Thai, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Russian, Kosher and Halal restaurants infuse the neighborhood with flavor.

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This melting pot is so savory, we recommend bringing a spoon.

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You will see a lot of birds, squirrels crossing the road, and nice little house gardens...The area is great if you want to get a sense of how it feels to be a local, it is quite far from the center of Manhattan..."

Eleftheria

Visited in 2013

Kensington's Reserved Residential Side

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Pre-war apartment buildings and modest Colonial homes line Kensington's quiet streets.

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The F train will take you to Kensington's main commercial corridor, Ocean Avenue. It will even whisk you all the way to Manhattan.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Cameron Blaylock is a photographer and artist living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2010 Cameron received a European Diploma in Fine Arts from Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany. Having been a full-time Brooklyn resident for just over one year, the Airbnb Neighborhoods Project helped Cameron further understand and appreciate the massive, multi-layered, singular organism that is New York City.

Cameron Blaylock

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