Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Rankings
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Prospect-Lefferts Gardens Reviews
Prospect Park Lefferts Garden has changed a lot since I moved there. I live on Ocean avenue and Church which is about 10 minutes walk from Prospect Park and Ditmas Park. I like this neighborhood a lot for all the many different people living there. Very diverse. Many families, artists and people who have been living there for a few generations. There are good health food grocery stores and great local markets. There is a little community garden where you can leave compostage. Many different progressive preschools have emerged in the neighborhood as well as library stores such as Greenlight. Being close to Prospect Park is great if you have a dog or like to jog. There are great play grounds for children as well and a soccer field and tennis fields available in the winter. The only inconvenience is the parking lots. It is challenging to find space to park if you have a car. The best way would be to rent one or have a garage.
There's a mix of all housing types from single family homes and beautifully converted Brownstone and Italianate rowhomes to 6-story tenement buildings and newly built highrises that makes the neighborhood very diverse and lively. There are a lot of small businesses, restaurants, and several super markets in the area that make shopping very convenient. The only downside is that there are still some unemployed people in the area that do nothing but sit and stand outside all day everyday. If the sidewalks were a little wider (or they simply didn't loiter everyday) then the area would be a lot more pleasant. Also, there is this horrible big van pseudo-bus/taxi service that rides up and down Flatbush Ave that will literally run you over or out of your lane and blow through red lights with absolutely no regards for basic traffic laws. They'll toot their weak little horn as they commit all kinds of infractions so if you're on the phone or listening to music and not paying attention then you'll be SOL if one of these vans is blazing through. Overall, the area is still a work in progress but with all of the new construction and new businesses in the area I can only see it getting a lot better within the next 5 years.
It is a residential neighborhood, mostly food shops and delis! With several trains and buses on the main street, you will always have a way home or out. The park is the haven of the neighborhood, early mornings are amazing. It will continue to be rebuilt and gentrified, but hopefully it will maintain it's charm.