Commerce & Culture
Especially if Ditmas Park, Prospect Park South, and the Beverly Squares — collectively referred to as Victorian Flatbush — are excluded, the culture of Flatbush is predominantly Caribbean. Immigrants from many islands, as well as from South Asian and Latino communities, help contribute to the nearly 50 percent of the population that was born outside the United States. Flatbush and Church avenues are two of the main commercial strips, with a mix of bargain stores and ethnic restaurants. If you are in the mood for stewed oxtail, jerk chicken, or simply some chilled mangoes from a street vendor, there’s a wealth of choices. Victorian Flatbush’s Cortelyou Road and the Crown Heights’ section of Franklin Avenue, to the north of Flatbush, may be better choices if you aren’t in the mood for Caribbean fare. The gorgeously restored Kings Theatre, on Flatbush, draws New Yorkers from beyond the neighborhood with live musical performances by top and emerging musical groups.