East Flatbush is a neighborhood in Brooklyn bordered roughly to the south at Empire Boulevard and East New York Avenue east of East 91st Street. Its southern border is in the vicinity of the LIRR Bay Ridge Branch, its eastern border is roughly at East 98th Street and its western border is roughly at New York Avenue.
The area was populated post World War II predominantly by immigrant Jews and Italians, then in the 1960’s by African Americans. Most recently the area has seen many West Indian immigrants such as Haitians, Jamaicans, Trinidadians, Grenadians, Panamanians, Bajans, and Guyanese groups coming to the area. Within its confines is the Holy Cross Cemetery, which is located at 3620 Tilden Avenue. East Flatbush is the home of the former General George W. Wingate High School and Gov. Samuel J. Tilden High School. It is also home to three major hospitals, Kings County Hospital, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center. In the summer of 2006, the City of New York renamed a portion of Church Avenue from Remsen Avenue to East 98th Street in East Flatbush as Bob Marley Boulevard. This is an appropriate change considering the large Caribbean population and is a source of price for the residents there.
East Flatbush generally is very similar in nature to neighboring Flatbush; so much so that some consider the two neighborhoods to be the same community. Both are predominantly Black, West Indian and working class. The one slight difference is that Flatbush has a higher percentage of White and Asian residents than East Flatbush. While the communities themselves are generally similar in character, East Flatbush does not enjoy the same level of access to the subway as Flatbush. The BMT Brighton Line and the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line both have a number of stops located in Flatbush. In contrast, the subway at best only skirts the borders of East Flatbush. East Flatbush was formerly known as Rugby, and was developed in the 1920′s. Its growth continued through the depression of the 1930′s. It was populated largely by the overflow from neighboring localities and as mentioned above became populated greatly by immigrants following this time period. This makes for quite a lively and diverse neighborhood.