East Flatbush, Brooklyn
|Neighborhood of Brooklyn|
PS 181, Tilden and New York Avenues
Location in New York City
|Community District||Brooklyn 17|
|Area code(s)||718, 347, 929, and 917|
As with many neighborhoods in Brooklyn, the borders of East Flatbush are subjective, but its northern border is roughly at Empire Boulevard and East New York Avenue east of East 91st Street, its southern border is in the vicinity of the Long Island Rail Road Bay Ridge Branch, its eastern border is roughly at East 98th Street and its western border is roughly at Bedford-Nostrand Avenues.
East Flatbush generally is very similar in nature to neighboring Flatbush; so much so that some consider the two neighborhoods to be the same community. Both are predominantly West Indian and working class. Flatbush has a higher percentage of White and Asian residents than East Flatbush.
The area was populated after World War II predominantly by immigrant Jews and Italians, then in the 1960s by African Americans, but most recently has seen many West Indian immigrants such as Guyanese, Haitians, Jamaicans, St.Lucians, Trinidadians, Grenadians, Vincentians, Bajans, Panamanians and Dominicans groups coming to the area. Within its confines is the Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, which is located at 3620 Tilden Avenue. While some residents are affluent, East Flatbush is mostly populated by working-class Brooklynites. Similar to other eastern Brooklyn neighborhoods, blacks predominate East Flatbush. The area has a population of about 105,000 and is 91.4% Black or African-American  and 51% foreign born, the majority of whom are from the Caribbean. Considering this data, East Flatbush has been noted as being the single largest West Indian neighborhood in all of New York City and America as a whole.
In 2010 about 105,000 people were living in East Flatbush  According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the demographics were 91.4% Black or African American, 4.9% Hispanic or Latino, 3.1% White, 1.0% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 1.6% were some other race and 2.6% were two or more races. 72.8% of the residents are High School graduates or higher, 16.3% have a Bachelor's degree or higher. 22.4% of the population speak a language other than English at home. The median household income in 1999 was $37,341, the median family income in 1999 was $43,776 and the per capita income in 1999 was $16,026. 16.0% of the families are below poverty level.
East Flatbush does not have as much access to the New York City Subway as Flatbush. However, the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line (2 and 5 trains) has some stops located in East Flatbush, including Newkirk Avenue, Beverly Road, and Church Avenue.
Schools located in East Flatbush include:
- Cristo Rey High School (Brooklyn), a catholic college preparatory high school located at East 37 Street and Foster Avenue.
- Samuel J. Tilden High School
- Nazareth Regional High School, a co-educational private Catholic high school located at East 57th Street and Avenue D.
- St. Francis of Assisi School
- George W. Wingate High School
- Elsa Ebeling School (Brooklyn), a public elementary school located at East 48th Street and Avenue D.
- St. Catherine of Genoa, St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Academy
- Meyer Levin Junior High School
A drug epidemic ravaged East Flatbush during the 1980s and early 1990s, mostly in Vanderveer Estates Apartments now known as Flatbush Gardens and isn't a complex of the New York City Housing Authority, but is owned by David Bistricer. The intersection of Foster Avenue and Nostrand Avenues was nicknamed "the Front Page" because of media attention to drug murders there. The intersection of Foster between New York Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue area to the south was called "the Back Page" because its many murders went unnoticed. The area around the Nostrand playground had various gangs: Crips, Gangster Disciples, Jamaicans (Shower Posse), Trinidadians and Grenadians particularly notorious for turf wars, shootouts, and pitbull fights. Crime is still somewhat of a problem in the neighborhood today as well.
East Flatbush is the home of the former General George W. Wingate High School and Gov. Samuel J. Tilden High School. It is also home to three major hospitals, Kings County Hospital, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. The former Congregation Beth Israel, now known as Mt. Zion Church of God 7th Day, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
Notable current and former residents of East Flatbush include:
- James P. O'Neill (born 1958), NYC Police Commissioner
- MC Lyte (born 1970), rapper
- Busta Rhymes (born 1972), rapper
- Bobby Shmurda (born 1994), rapper
- Rowdy Rebel, rapper
- Shyne, rapper
- Roosevelt Chapman (born 1962), basketball player
- Bruce Pasternack, businessman
- Flatbush Zombies, hip-hop group
- Fu-Schnickens, hip-hop group
- Edwidge Danticat, writer
- Michael Jordan, professional basketball player (born in East Flatbush, left at age of 2)
- Romona Moore, murdered college student
- Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City
- Jamie Hector, actor
- Dean Silvers, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and author
- Michael K. Williams (born 1966), actor
- Joey Badass, rapper
- The Underachievers, rappers
- Jidenna, "Wondaland Records" rapper/singer
- Unlocking the Truth, heavy metal group 
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