Commerce & Culture
While Ocean Parkway forms the north-south spine of Kensington, that grand boulevard isn’t the center of the neighborhood’s commercial life. Instead, the parkway is lined mostly with large apartment buildings. The area’s shopping and restaurants, meanwhile, are concentrated along Coney Island Avenue, the eastern border of the neighborhood. Church Avenue, toward the northern end of Kensington, and Ditmas Avenue, closer to its southern end, also have a number of stores and restaurants. The multiethnic nature of Kensington is visible on all these streets, from the Little Bangladesh near Church Avenue to the Eastern European businesses on Coney Island Avenue. In general, Kensington shopping and dining lean toward the basic and budget-friendly, with dollar stores and low-key roti restaurants more common than trendy bistros. There are some options when you want a handcrafted cocktail, but many locals head to nearby Ditmas Park, where cool bars and new restaurants are more numerous.