Canarsie & Flatlands

Deep within the alphabetized grid that characterizes Brooklyn’s southern residential realms, Canarsie and Flatlands are still steeped in the eats, awnings, and accents of another era in the borough’s history. The last stop on the L, Canarsie is bounded by the Fresh Creek Basin, Paerdegat Basin, and Jamaica Bay, bodies of water likely less familiar to many than the area’s namesake: a native Lenape term, believed to mean “hedge”. Flatlands is crosshatched by Utica and Flatbush avenues, and contains the definitively suburban Kings Plaza mall. Far from any subway line, Flatlands was one of the original Dutch towns that comprised Brooklyn.