Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise are: Cypress Hills Cemetery to the north, the Borough to Queens to the east, Jamaica Bay to the south, and the railway tracks next to Van Sinderen Avenue to the west. Linden Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue are primary thoroughfares through East New York.
East New York is predominantly African-American with a significant Puerto Rican population.
East New York is dominated by semi-detached multi-unit rowhouses similar to those found in Brownsville and Soundview. Many, however, have been torn down and replaced by vacant lots or newly constructed subsidized attached multi-unit rowhouses. The area is also home to the East Brooklyn Industrial Park. There are also public housing developments of various type and a smaller number of tenements in the area.
New developments are rising in the area, including the Gateway Center, located on what was once part of a landfill near Jamaica Bay. The Gateway shopping mall in Starrett City near East New York is suburban-style, including retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples, Marshalls, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Boulder Creek Steakhouse, Target, The Home Depot, and BJ’s Wholesale Club. The development was welcomed by many in the neighborhood for the jobs it would provide and is frequented by people from all over Southern Queens and Southern Brooklyn, bringing business into the neighborhood.