You may recognize this Brooklyn neighborhood from the famous 1950s show, The Honeymooners, or from the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever. Bensonhurst is an iconic Brooklyn neighborhood that embodies the old school charm of what this borough is all about.
The neighborhood is extremely diverse, with the main three demographics being Russian, Chinese, and Italian. This diversity of peoples keeps things interesting and ensures that there is always some great tasting, authentic food to try. One of the most famous pizzerias in all of New York City, L&B Spumoni Gardens, is located in this neighborhood, and their Sicilian slices and spumoni are to die for.
Emulate your inner John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever by taking the D train to 20th Ave and strolling down 86th street to grab a slice. If you don’t like pizza or John Travolta, then that’s fine, because 86th street is lined with restaurants, supermarkets, and fruit stores that carry almost anything you can think of. It also has a number of clothing and shoe stores, to ensure that you are always in vogue.
During the nighttime, Bensonhurst is a relatively quiet neighborhood, making it perfect for relaxing after a long day at work. If you do not feel like sitting at home though, then go grab a drink at a local pub, club, or hookah lounge, where you won’t have to fight to reach the bar.
On weekends there are a few small parks to sit out in if, you are looking for some fresh air. If these parks are not enough, then the Atlantic Ocean is not far away. It’s a nice walk to Coney Island if you are willing to walk a little bit further. If not, then the lower bay is much closer, and is lined with benches where you can sit and watch the boats pass by.
Located in the southwest region of Brooklyn, Bensonhurst is sandwiched between Dyker Heights and Sheepshead Bay. The D, N, and W trains all service the area, so getting to Manhattan, Queens, or the Bronx is simple, and no transfers are required.