Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood is a residential area that is located in eastern Brooklyn in New York City. Crown Heights borders the neighborhood to the northwest, Bedford-Stuyvesant to the north, Cypress Hills to the east, East New York to the south, and East Flatbush to the west.
The total land area is 1.163 square miles (3.01 km2). Brownsville is bordered by Broadway or Atlantic Avenue to the north, on the Bedford–Stuyvesant, and Bushwick border; East New York Avenue on the northwest, bordering Ocean Hill–Broadway Junction; East 98th Street/Ralph Avenue to the west, bordering Flatbush, Weeksville, and Crown Heights; the freight rail Bay Ridge Branch of the Long Island Rail Road and Linden Boulevard to the south, adjacent to the neighborhood of Canarsie; and Van Sinderen Avenue to the east, next to East New York.
Brownsville’s main thoroughfares are Pitkin Avenue, Sutter Avenue, Rockaway Avenue, New Lots Avenue, and Eastern Parkway.
Pitkin Avenue, East New York Avenue, and Legion Street make up the traffic triangle named Vanderveer Park after Peter L. Vandeveer. Hendrick Wyckoff is the name of the Wyckoff Triangle, a triangle bounded by New Lots, Riverdale, and Van Siclen Avenues.
Lincoln Terrace (also known as Arthur S. Somers Park) is a park on the border with Crown Heights, east of the Crown Heights-Utica Avenue subway station. It slopes gently down towards the southern Brooklyn coastline. Betsy Head Park is located in a lot on the north side of Livonia Avenue bounded by Strauss Street and Thomas S. Boyland Street. At Livonia Avenue and Powell Street, Livonia Park is named after Livonia, in the Baltic region in what is now Latvia and Estonia. Livonia Avenue itself is so named for the same reason. Brownsville also has its recreation facility with indoor swimming pools, outdoor athletic fields, and a playground. The Brownsville Recreation Center is at the corner of Linden Boulevard, Mother Gaston Boulevard, and Christopher Avenue.
The “Soul in the Hole” is a famous basketball court in Brownsville and is located in the Brownsville Houses along Rockaway Avenue between Riverdale and Livonia Avenues.
There is public transportation available in the area.: 8 (PDF p. 5) The New York City Subway serves Brownsville with the 2, 3, and 5 trains on the IRT New Lots Line and the L train on the BMT Canarsie Line. From Saratoga Avenue to Junius Street, the New Lots Line is definitely in Brownsville; in addition, the Sutter Avenue–Rutland Road station on the New Lots Line and the Canarsie Line from Atlantic Avenue to New Lots Avenue on the Canarsie Line are situated along the boundaries of Brownsville with East Flatbush and East New York, respectively.
Brownsville Coordinates: 40.662°N 73.909°W