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Living in Midwood

Living in Midwood is akin to living in quaint, leafy suburbia. Tree-lined streets showcase orderly homes with gardens, basketball hoops and driveways. The peaceful neighborhood is bordered by Foster Avenue and I Avenue to the north, Kings Highway to the south, Flatbush Avenue to the east and MacDonald Avenue to the west.

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At just over an hour to Manhattan by car, it offers reasonable proximity to city life with all the comforts of a peaceful community atmosphere. The area is served by the B and Q lines, which arrive in the city in about 45 minutes.

Midwood real estate

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The majority of Midwood homes for sale were built in the 1920s. They range from single and multi-family properties to pre-war co-ops, apartments and condominiums. Some of the homes have been expanded, bringing their features up to date and complementing the otherwise old-world architecture and historic brownstones throughout the neighborhood.

The well-manicured lawns and grand homes of Midwood Manor are in high demand, with many boasting multiple bathrooms and bedrooms. Some seem straight from a storybook, with their immaculate shingled rooftops and landscapes dotted with colorful blossoms. Several Midwood apartments are also located in this part of the neighborhood, along with newer townhouses set in four-story buildings.

Midwood history

Dutch settlers arrived in Midwood in 1652 and dubbed it"Midwout," the Dutch word for"middle woods." It was named for the thickly wooded land that separated Brooklyn and Bushwick. The British overthrew the Dutch in 1664 and the area remained largely rural for decades. It wasn't until Midwood became a part of Brooklyn in the late 19th century that it started to develop.

In the early 20th century, many Midwood apartment buildings and middle-class homes were constructed, and the area flourished as immigrants arrived from the former Soviet Union, South America and eastern Europe. One of the neighborhood's most historic landmarks, the Vitaphone studio, a prolific producer of silent films, was built in 1930. Warner Brothers took over the studio in 1939, before the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) obtained possession. The studio space has since been converted into housing, another sign of the demand for Midwood real estate.

Midwood restaurants

Midwood is practically synonymous with Di Fara Pizza. For over 50 years, the pizzeria has served locals some of Brooklyn's most beloved pies. They offer a choice of round and square slices and owner Domenico DeMarco tops each one with a generous helping of grated cheese, olive oil and herbs to enhance the flavor. Another Italian favorite, Michael's of Brooklyn, opened in 1964 and is known for its warm, cozy ambiance and heaping plates of pasta.

The only Moldovan restaurant in town, Moldova, honors tradition with a menu full of authentic dishes including the house special, Ursuleti, and fluffy Baba Neagra, a decadent chocolate pudding. Aksaray, meanwhile, feels like one of Midwood's best kept secrets: the hole-in-the-wall establishment prepares homemade Turkish bread daily, along with hummus, lamb gyro, falafel and baklava.

Bordeaux earns raves for its upscale environment and extensive menu of steak and wines, which make it one of Midwood's best date-night options. Mitoushi Japanese Restaurant is similarly stylish, with sleek, honey wood tables and elegant pendant lights. The sushi menu is packed with options and there are plenty of offerings for vegetarians, too. For a taste of true Brooklyn, head to Essen New York Deli for all the classics: knishes, matzo ball soup, hearty salads, deli platters and even an extensive menu of Chinese dishes.

Midwood attractions

Kolbert Playground is one of the neighborhood's only parks. There are courts for basketball and handball, as well as a mobile food truck selling classic fare like pretzels and hot dogs. On weekends, benches are crowded with residents of all ages, engaging in casual games of cards and sipping drinks beneath protective umbrellas.  

Midwood shopping

Midwood is also peppered with popular big box retailers along with a wide range of mom-and-pop boutiques that really capture the area's character and history. Many are located on Avenue M, which is one of Midwood's main commercial strips. It's dotted with a pleasant hodgepodge of shopping options, ranging from mid-range spas and beauty salons to drugstores.

Le Chocolatier Extraordinaire is an elegant chocolate shop that carries an extensive range of Godiva sweets. In the business since 1966, The Yellow Door is an iconic store specializing in elegant, fashionable gifts from the likes of Judith Ripka, Ralph Lauren and Michael Kors. The store's selection includes jewelry, home decor, bath accessories and glassware.

Clothing stores like WOODstack and Emporio offer impressive selections for men, women and kids. Junee is one of the area's most popular women's retailers. Many in the local Jewish community felt there was a need for a store that catered to more modest clothing options. Junee quickly became a popular choice for its comfortable dresses, flattering tops and attractive accessories. Pomegranate, meanwhile, is a kosher grocery store that specializes in homemade foods using only the freshest ingredients. Its renowned for its attention to properly prepared kosher foods, and the store even offers convenient online ordering for its shoppers.

Midwood nightlife

Sycamore Bar + Flower shop is no ordinary bar. Beer is a highlight here, but so are the brilliant blossoms from Stems Brooklyn. It's an unexpected combination that yields exciting results for locals who crave something different from their nightlife. Regular events include Single Mingle Bingo (a hosted singles mixer), Monday Night Vinyl Club, the Q-Train disco party and even a monthly star sign party, where that month's zodiac sign receives happy hour prices throughout the night.  

The Nirvana Lounge is the perfect setting for an extra-late date or night out with friends. In addition to food and drinks, there's plenty of music, and even live performances from belly dancers every now and then.


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