Commerce & Culture
Named for an early Dutch settler, Ditmas Park was nothing but farmland until the turn of the 20th century. It was then that the developer Lewis H. Pounds came to town and had the (genius in hindsight) idea to build the neighborhood’s signature homes in a wide range of styles. What Pounds did not account for, however, was commerce. Despite this, Ditmas Park has become much more than a far-off residential wonderland in Central Brooklyn. Over time, a commercial district has blossomed on Cortelyou Road, where you can find a mix of bars, coffee shops, delis, and restaurants. The area is also home to some music venues and is mere minutes away from the resplendent Kings Theatre. Subway service slices down the middle of Ditmas Park, with the Q train stopping at Beverley Road, Cortelyou Road, and Newkirk Plaza, plus bonus B train service at Newkirk.