Thought the borders of East Flatbush are highly subjective, 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 LIRR Bay Ridge Branch, its eastern border is in the vicinity of the LIRR Bay Ridge Branch, its eastern border is roughly at East 98th Street and its western border is roughly at New York Avenue.
The area was populated post World War II predominantly by immigrant Jews and Italians, then in the 1960s by the African Americans, but mostly recently has seen many West Indian immigrants such as Haitians, Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Grenadians, Panamanians, Bajans, and Guyanese groups coming to the area. While there are some affluent residents present, East Flatbush is mostly populated by working-class Brooklynites. Similar to other eastern Brooklyn neighborhoods, blacks predominate East Flatbush.
East Flatbush generally is very similar in nature to neighboring Flatbush; so much so that someone consider the two neighborhoods to be the same community. Both are predominantly Black, West Indian and working class. The one slight difference is that Flatbush has a higher percentage of White and Asian residents than East Flatbush.
While the communities themselves are generally similar in character, East Flatbush does not enjoy the same level of access to the subway as Flatbush. The BMT Brighton Line and the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line both have a number of stops located in Flatbush. In contrast, the subway at best only skirts the borders of East Flatbush. Many East Flatbush residents often have to take a train and a bus to commute to and from work.