East New York Commerce & Culture
East New York is eminently enormous. It shares an eastern border with several Queens neighborhoods and, if you include Cypress Hills in its area, also brushes up against Queens to the north. The boundaries extend south down to Shirley Chisholm State Park and Jamaica Bay. Luckily, several forms of public transportation running through East New York — including at the hub of Broadway Junction — make it easy to get from point to point inside and out. Given its size, it should be no surprise that East New York has several major commercial strips, including along Atlantic Avenue up north and Gateway Center down south. Fresh Creek Nature Preserve is a secluded stronghold of wildlife, providing a glimpse of how the entire area would have looked before the founding of Brooklyn across over 42 acres of salt marsh. Several community gardens and urban farms continue the creep of nature back into city life.