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Get to know Midwood

Midwood’s name originates from the Dutch “midwout,” or middle woods. And for many years, Midwood was an actual dense woodland in the middle of Brooklyn. That bucolic quality would begin turning toward development after 1890 — when Brooklyn became part of New York City — with houses and apartment buildings following an influx of people in the 1920s. Its forest may be gone, but Midwood maintains a certain town-in-the-woods quality today. By nature of its physical location, it’s quieter and perhaps more serene than noted neighborhoods north of it. Even though some still think of Midwood as simply part of greater Flatbush, there’s no denying this area stands distinctly on its own. Around town, you’ll find multitudes of home styles — including townhouses, condominiums, and co-ops. The community itself has given rise to several notable names in politics, sports, and the arts and remains representative of Brooklyn’s tendency to make space for everyone to prosper.

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Though Midwood’s food scene tends to be more low-key than other parts of Brooklyn, there are nonetheless gems tucked away on the neighborhood’s streets and lettered avenues. Head across Avenue J to uncover delightful delis and pizza of city-wide renown. Avenue M expands on those offerings, adding falafel, sushi, and ice cream to the mix, among others. Tree-lined Ocean Parkway — designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux of Central and Prospect Park fame — slices down the western third of Midwood. The country’s first bike path was built on this historic thoroughfare in 1894, which today provides a swift trip down to the ocean and attractions at Coney Island and Brighton Beach. Marine Park is also mere minutes outside Midwood’s borders — Brooklyn’s largest park boasts a golf course, hiking trails, fields for baseball and cricket, and over 500 acres of protected grassland and salt marsh.

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    915 East 17th Street, 416, Brooklyn, NY 11230

    • Co-op
    • 2 BD
    • 1 BA
    Building presented by Corcoran
    Courtesy of Corcoran