Canarsie is bordered on the east by Fresh Creek Basin, East 108th Street, and the L subway line to Linden Boulevard; on the west by Remsen Avenue to Ralph Avenue and the Paerdegat Basin; and on the south by Jamaica Bay. Canarsie also neighbors East Flatbush, flatlands, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, and East New York.
Today, Canarsie’s population is mostly non-white because of large West Indian immigration. At the southeast end of Canarsie is Canarsie Pier on Jamaica Bay, a fishing spot and recreation area. Canarsie Pier is part of Gateway National Recreation Area, a National Park Service site.
At the other end are mostly commercial warehouses and buildings. Canarsie has many one and two family homes, although there are there public housing developments and a number of small apartments buildings scattered throughout the neighborhood. The neighborhood has many parks, including a large park (over 100 acres) commonly referred to as Seaview Park but officially named Canarsie Beach Park, expanded to the southwest in 2007. On Jamaica Bay, beyond the Belt Parkway, lies the Canarsie Pier section of Gateway National Recreation Area.
The principal commercial streets are Rockaway Parkaway and Flatlands Avenue. Avenue L is also fairly commercial.