Wingate is a neighborhood in the north central portion of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The area is east of Prospect Lefferts Gardens and south of Crown Heights. Wingate is bounded by Empire Boulevard to the north, Troy Avenue to the east, Winthrop Street to the south, and New York Avenue to the west. The area is part of Brooklyn Community Board 9. It is sometimes considered part of Crown Heights and/or East Flatbush.
The area was originally known as Pigtown. It was renamed in the 2000s - by real estate developers enjoying the massive influx of new people to Brooklyn - after the construction of the now defunct George W. Wingate High School, locally called "The Banjo School" because of its shape.
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