Once part of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville, Ocean Hill was established as a separate neighborhood in 1890, though some still consider it a subsection of the aforementioned communities. It spans over 1,203 acres in east Brooklyn with an estimated 32,000 residents as of the 2010 census. Notable residents include NBA coach and player William Holzman and boxer Shannon Briggs. The neighborhood falls under Brooklyn Community #16.
The neighborhood is bounded by Broadway to the north, Van Sinderen Avenue to the east, the Long Island Railroad to the south, and East 98th Street to the west. It is surrounded by the communities of Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Crown Heights, and Cypress Hill.
Known for its picture-perfect brick exterior rowhouses, Ocean Hill is a peaceful and community-oriented area. The housing market includes single-family and multifamily homes. Buyers can also choose from a good selection of co-ops and condos.
Following the 1977 blackout, the neighborhood underwent a massive revitalization effort in the 1990s, which brought new life into older buildings and added more units to the housing stock. It continues to experience growth and development today, with many apartment buildings being updated to include modern amenities.
Residents have access to green spaces like the Ocean Hill Playground and Saratoga Park. Ocean Hill Playground is often the site for various community events like holiday celebrations, group activities, and fundraisers. Visitors can find well-maintained play structures at the site.
Residents are close to Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street, which are commercial corridors with boutiques, bars, restaurants, gas stations, and auto repair shops. With efficient and well-connected public transit, locals can look forward to a reasonable commute to Downtown Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Schools in and around the neighborhood include Ocean Hill Collegiate Charter School, Uncommon Schools Leadership Preparatory Ocean Hill Charter School, and IS 55 Ocean Hill, which falls under NYC District #23.
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