Ditmas Park is east of Kensington, and is one of three Flatbush neighborhoods which have been officially designated Historic Districts.
The neighborhood consists of many large, free-standing Victorian homes built in the 1900s. Ditmas Park is roughly bounded by Coney Island Avenue to the west, Beverly Road to the north, Ocean Avenue to the east and Foster Avenue to the south.
Newkirk Avenue, Coney Island Avenue, and Cortelyou Road are the neighborhood’s commercial strips while many of their east-west streets are lined with historic Victorian style homes. Since much of Ditmas Park is residential, many locals go nearby Park Slope to run errands and shop, although the neighborhood has seen increased commercialization due to its recent gentrification.
Throughout the eighties and early nineties, wealthy families purchased the large Victorian homes, but in the past few years, the neighborhood has experienced rapid gentrification with an influx of young people and artists attracted to the large spaces for relatively cheap rents. An example of this is Cortelyou Road, a commercial street in the neighborhood. Cortelyou enjoys a number of delis, bars, coffee shops, restuarents, and open-mic venue called Vox Pop, the Flatbush Food Coop, and more upscale restaurants, notably The Farm on Adderley (which also boasts a bar, patio seating, and a weekly movie night during summer months). Cortelyou is also home to many venues, which attracts many local musicians, as well as more well-known artists.