The subway (Newkirk Avenue on the Brighton line of the BMT -- which these days would be the B and Q trains) is about a five minute walk, and so is convenient enough. It is an extremely diverse neighborhood.
Unless you are familiar with the area I would limit
your choices to Manhattan. I do not think you would
be happy there.
I have no experience with that precise street but the area you are asking about is close to Brooklyn College on the edge of Flatbush and Midwood - a neighborhood which I do know a bit.
It is a very diverse neighorhood in terms of ethnicity and socioeconomic status. It's not an area tourists usually see or experience but it is an interesting place to stay if you want to see how a real Brooklyn neighborhood feels. Some of the blocks have amazing victorian era homes (mostly to the north in the area around Courtelyou), while others have fairly ugly, large apartment buildings.
If you will be staying with someone who is familiar with the area, you will probably have a fine time. If you are renting a place and don't know the area you might want to reconsider the choice as you might feel kind of lost - a lot depends on your expectations. It is an area that has been slowly gentrifying for decades. Most of the restaurants are low-end chinese, pizza and caribbean joints. One exception is Courtelyou Rd. - about 5 blocks to the north - which has an organic supermarket, some nice restaurants, a cafe, bakery and a bar or two. Here are some photos of the Victorian area around Courtelyou and to the north: http://www.planetplg.com/ditmas/ .
There's a subway stop a couple of blocks to the north (Newkirk) where the B/Q trains can take you into Manhattan or deeper in to Brooklyn towards Coney Island.
The street you mention is a dead end right next to the subway tracks (which are above ground here)which concerns me a bit. Streets like that in Brooklyn are often loud hang-out zones during the summer. As things can change drastically block to block in this area, you would really need to know how that particular street is - something I can't tell you having never been on it.
Hope this helps,
Are you thinking of staying here?
Looks great from the reviews :-). I had never heard of it...
I re-read my response and perhaps I was a little too
harsh on the area and the location. I like Dan have
never been there but I do live in Brooklyn and have
not always having relocated here 8 years ago from the
suburbs of Boston.
I would discount all of the reviews on TA because they
all could be written by the owner under a different
Brooklyn if it were a stand alone city would be the
4th largest city in the country. There are many diverse and culturally different sections of Brooklyn
and all of that is what makes Brooklyn great.
My main objection to your plan is that we assume
that you want to have a NEW YORK CITY EXPERIENCE and
to most travelers that means the big city feel and
the bright lights. If you are ok with just being in
a place (even if it is a nice place) that could be in any suburb in the United States then go for it.
I would feel less safe walking down dark streets
from the subway very late at night but maybe you
wouldn't Just keep your street smarts about you.
It is not uncommon for people here to go out to
dinner at an outdoor cafe at 9 or 10pm and not
finish until midnight. If that is what you want to
do then just be careful going home not on the train
which will be safe but will empty out as you get
closer to your destination but rather on the walk
from the subway to this location. There are 8
million people in this city and sorry to say not
all of them are good people.
I appreciate all the advice given , as always . Perhaps we`ll stay in Manhatten and try to see as much as we can of Brooklyn by visiting during the day .
I grew up fairly close to that area, and I would say it is OK, and rather "different." It is certainly not Manhattan, but the commute seems good, and that subway ride is straightforward. If you take the train in the opposite direction, you also wind up in about 20 min. in Coney Island.
Parts of the neighborhood, called variously Kensington, Ditmas, Newkirk is really beautiful (as noted by the link above) but others are rather plain and even a bit run down, esp. near Coney Island Ave. Brooklyn College is not really very very close, and also mixed. The neighborhood itself is a mix of Caribbean, Pakistani, Russian, etc. etc.
I would say, if someone is up for an adventure, and wants to save some $$, yes do it, it is not the typical tourist experience.
I would say th. e above is an honest well informed
description. I think you will be happier in Manhattan
but for sure come visit Brooklyn. There is lots to
see. I love your city BUSB- My grandmother comes from
hahahaha really because I'm a big fan of boxing ohhh well I guess it says a lot about boxing fans then right?
"If you are ok with just being in a place (even if it is a nice place) that could be in any suburb in the United States then go for it."
I have to disagree with this statement. This part of Brooklyn is unlike anywhere else in the country. My daughter went to PS 139, just up the street on Courtelyou, and it is quite a trip seeing the parents come get their kids at the end of school. The parents of the kids there speak 60+ different languages. It is one of the most diverse areas of country and as such, very interesting.
Also, Brooklyn College is just 4 blocks away. If the owner is posting his own reviews, he speaks Italian very well :-).