The neighborhood consists of a diverse mix of cultures and traditions. It is located west of Ditmars Park and Prospect Park South, south of Windsor Terrace, east of Borough Park, and north of Midwood.
The land now known as Kensington was first colonized by Dutch farmers in the 17th century and then re-settled by British colonists in 1737. The neighborhood began to develop after the completion of Ocean Parkway in 1880, and, at the turn of the century, Kensington was named after the West London location of the same name. Homebuilding began in the 1920s, attracting both Italian and Irish immigrants to the neighborhood. Single and two-family brick and brownstone townhouses were common, as were five- and six-story pre- and post-war apartment buildings and co-ops.
The current population of Kensington is around 50,000. Kensington apartments come in many shapes and sizes, from hundred-year-old Victorian homes to neatly packed row houses to more recently built apartment buildings. Generally, the neighborhood is thought of as quiet, safe, and diverse. As you walk the streets, you'll see Polish, Mexican, and Russian restaurants, synagogues and mosques, and many other signs of ethnic and religious diversity. If you’re looking to rent in the nicest area of Kensington, you’ll enjoy the area above Church Avenue for its tree-lined streets and Victorian homes. For those looking for less expensive Kensington apartments in larger buildings, these can be found in the high-rise buildings along Ocean Parkway.Find Kensington and Parkville apartments
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Shenanigans Pub is a terrific karaoke and music venue and Rick Stone Music is loved by Kensington Jazz and Blues enthusiasts. Brancaccio’s Food Shop is a wonderful deli in the neighborhood. Other noteworthy restaurants include Mimi’s Hummus, Hamilton’s, SoHo Café and Grill, and To B Thai.
Subway transportation includes the F train and G train at Church and McDonald Avenues.