Commerce & Culture
Given its size, it’s not surprising that East New York has several major commercial strips. Atlantic Avenue, on the neighborhood’s northern border, is one area where East New York’s revitalization is most evident. Parallel to Atlantic, Liberty and Pitkin avenues have a mix of businesses and are expected to welcome more as city programs prioritize retail development. At the neighborhood’s opposite end, the Gateway Mall in the Spring Creek section has many familiar retail names — Home Depot, Gap, Sephora. Along Pennsylvania Avenue, the only major north-south commercial thoroughfare, many new developments have broken ground in recent years and more are planned. Part of the appeal is its location near Broadway Junction, served by six subway lines. Aside from shopping and dining, the Fresh Creek Nature Preserve stands out among East New York’s parks, as it provides a glimpse of how Jamaica Bay would have looked before Brooklyn was founded.