Homecrest is a neighborhood situated in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It borders Kings Highway to the north, Avenue X to the south, Coney Island Avenue to the west, and Ocean Avenue to the east. Homecrest uses the ZIP Code, 11229. The area is served by Brooklyn Community Board 15. and policed by the NYPD's 61st Precinct.
The community has traditionally been home to a large Italian population and has also experienced an influx of people from Latin America, China, Israel, Syria, Russia,other former Eastern-bloc nations and from South Asia
Chinatown, Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay (唐人街, 羊头湾)
From the turn of the century, Avenue U (from Ocean Pkwy. to Ocean Ave.) became New York City's newest Chinatown, as evidenced by the growing number of Chinese-run food markets, bakeries, restaurants, beauty and nail salons, and computer and general electronics dealers. It is directly connected to Manhattan's Chinatown by the Q train. It is the second Chinatown in Brooklyn, after the older and larger Sunset Park Chinatown. This Chinatown overlaps with the Homecrest and Sheepshead Bay neighborhoods. Chinese residents call these sections Avenue U (U大道) and Sheepshead Bay (羊头湾).
In the early 21st century many condominiums were built. Many private residential two-story homes have been renovated into mini-mansions, some estimated at a half-million to a million dollars in estimated value. Just south Of Avenue 'V', one-story bungalow type homes are commonplace, as are rows of one-story brick homes with community backyards and driveways.
There are a number of public schools, such as P.S. 255 Barbara Reing School (formerly William E. Kelly until 1994), P.S. 153 Homecrest and J.H.S. 234 W. Arthur Cunningham. Other local Schools include St. Edmund Preparatory High School, Nefesh Academy For Girls Yeshiva, Prospect Park Girls Yeshiva, Windmill Montessori School and Touro College Graduate School Of Education and Psychology.
Homecrest is served by the B and Q trains of the BMT Brighton Line, with stations located at Kings Highway, Avenue U and Neck Road. The B82, B49, B7, B68, B3, and other NYC Transit Bus routes service the area.
Emergency Health Services
Homecrest Health Center (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) is located at 1601 Avenue S, at E. 16th St. It is a Public Health Facility. Coney Island Hospital, NY Prysbeterian Community, and Beth Israel King Highway Div. serve the community. Many private outpatient medical facilities have also emerged.
There is an ever growing population of members of the Jewish faith in the community, served by quite a few Orthodox and Sephardic synagogues. St. Edmunds Roman Catholic Parish serves the community, as does The First Baptist Church Of Sheepshead Bay, The Homecrest Presbyterian Church, and other congregations of various denomination serve the growing Asian population. There is also a Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall nearby.
William E. Kelly Memorial Park is a NYC P&R Park located along Avenue 'S', E. 14th.-15th. St.'s. It is a large community park featuring courts for tennis, basketball and handball, as well as a playground for kids.
Kelly Playground, located at East 16th. Street and Ave. 'S', has basketball and handball courts. Students from the adjacent public schools, as well as local Yeshiva schools, often utilize the playground when school is in session. In the 1960s through 1970s, the playground had a roller hockey rink.
Mellett Playground is a NYC Parks & Recreation Playground located along Avenue 'V, E. 13th.-14th. St.'s. It is a smaller community park featuring basketball hoops, a handball court as well as a kids playground area.
- A Bronx Tale (1993), Starring Robert De Niro and Chazz Palminteri- Majority of The Street scenes filmed along Neck Road By The BMT Neck Road Subway Station, along Avenue's 'V' and 'W.' Film cars, props, lighting, the classic transit bus De Niro drove, and other gear were stored in Mellett Park during the filming.
- Scenes from the film 'Brooklyn's Finest', starring Richard Gere, Wesley Snipes, Don Cheadle, and Ellen Barkin, were recently filmed in the area of East 13th.-15th. St.'s, Kings Highway to Avenue 'R,' especially a Rented Residence On East 15th. Street.
- List of Brooklyn neighborhoods
- Chinatown, Brooklyn
- Chinatown, Manhattan
- Chinatown, Flushing
- Chinatowns in the United States
- Brooklyn Community Boards, New York City. Accessed December 31, 2007
- 61st Precinct, NYPD.
- William E. Kelly Memorial Park