Kensington is an up-and-coming neighborhood in the center of Brooklyn. Kensington has become known for its warm and diverse community, low-key environs, and central location. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to explore this beloved Brooklyn neighborhood.

Location

Kensington is a Brooklyn neighborhood located in the borough’s center, and can be found to the south of Prospect Park and the Green-Wood Cemetery. Kensington shares its borders with Coney Island Avenue to the east, Fort Hamilton Parkway and Caton Avenue to the north, McDonald Avenue to the west, and 18th Avenue to the south. Kensington is bordered by the Ditmas Park, Prospect Park South, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, and Midwood neighborhoods.

Entertainment and Nightlife

If you are looking for a fun way to spend the day with family, head no further than Buzz A Rama on Church Avenue. At this old-timey racing shop, you can race the best vintage toy cars on electric, rainbow tracks. Buzz A Rama is perfect for a family outing or birthday party!

Kettle and Thread is a sweet little coffee shop and performance space on Church Avenue that is perfect for cold days and fun activities with family and friends. Kettle and Thread offers a wide variety of teas, coffees, and snacks, and has an adorable little reading nook inside.

Dining

For a nice breakfast and brunch, make your way over to Hamilton’s on Fort Hamilton Parkway. This new American restaurant serves up delicious breakfast and brunch fare, and cocktails to top off your meal. For lunch, head over to Suzy’s Roti Parlour on Church Avenue. You’ll be impressed by this modest, yet delicious corner lunch spot. Suzy’s is great for casual take-out or dining in. And, for dinner, check out Church Bar located on Church Avenue. This comfortable hidden gem serves Tapas, classic American food and signature cocktails. This place is great for dinner with friends and family, and even better for a nightcap.

History

The land on which Kensington now sits was initially colonized by Dutch farmers in the seventeenth century. Kensington was then resettled by British colonists in 1737. Kensington is named for a borough in West London, and was developed in 1885, following the completion of Ocean Parkway. Ocean Parkway, which begins in Kensington was completed in 1880. The Parkway features nearly five miles of landscaped malls, benches, chess tables, walking, and bike paths. Ocean Parkway connected Prospect Park to Coney Island, and is now considered part of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway. Home construction and residential development took off in the 1920’s, and drew Italian and Irish immigrants to the neighborhood.

Today, Kensington is a predominantly residential area with increasingly diverse housing. Kensington is also demographically diverse. The neighborhood is home to African-American, Ukrainian, South Asian, Chinese, Hasidic, Irish, Polish, Italian, Albanian, Russian, Latino, Mexican, Australian and Caribbean residents, among others.