What Are Bensonhurst’s Real Neighborhood Boundaries?

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According to Google Maps, the neighborhood becomes Dyker Heights north of 14th Avenue, Bath Beach south of 86th Street, and Borough Park and Midwood to the northeast of 60th Street. To the southeast, Bay Parkway, Avenue P, and McDonald Avenue create the oddly-shaped border between Bensonhurst and Gravesend.

Bensonhurst's neighborhood boundaries according to Google Maps. Photo via Google Maps

Bensonhurst’s neighborhood boundaries according to Google Maps. Photo via Google Maps

The boundaries of Bensonhurst’s Precinct, the 62nd, are a bit more generous. They put the neighborhood’s northern perimeter at 14th Avenue, extending all the way down to the water, and its northeastern border a block south at 61st Street. Most differently, the 62nd Precinct’s southern border is 26th Avenue, Avenue U and McDonald Avenue.

Bensonhurst's precinct boundaries. Photo via NYPD

Bensonhurst’s precinct boundaries. Photo via NYPD

The area’s zip code is much less neat in reflecting Bensonhurst’s borders. The 11214 zip code encompasses most if not all of the neighborhood (depending on who’s talking), but dips as far south as Coney Island Creek.

The area assigned the 11214 zip code. Photo via Google Maps

The area assigned the 11214 zip code. Photo via Google Maps

Community Board 11 represents both Bensonhurst and Bath Beach. Its maps provide no delineation between the two nabes. The Board’s boundaries extend from 14th Avenue 26th Avenue, Avenue U to McDonald Avenue, and 61st Street to Gravesend Bay.

The boundaries of Bensonhurst's Community Board 11. Photo via Community Board 12

The boundaries of Bensonhurst’s Community Board 11. Photo via Community Board 12

In 2011, The New York Times published a profile of Bensonhurst that gave a very strict set of boundaries for the neighborhood: 86th Street to 65th Street and 14th Avenue to Bay Parkway.

“I consider Bath Beach to be separate, though it’s true that it’s traditionally been thought of as Bensonhurst. There seems to be a different feel south of 86th,” one commenter responded to our article on the Times’ proposed perimeters.

What do you consider the borders of Bensonhurst to be? Do you count Bath Beach as part of Bensonhurst? Let us know in the comments.

  • Sean F

    I don’t think you can say correctly say “north of 14th Avenue and south of 86th Street”. The two run perpendicular to each other. At best, “northwest of 14th Avenue and south (or southwest) of 86th Street”.

    I think using 86th, 14th, 65th and Bay Parkway as rough borders works. That’s how I picture it in my mind. Bath Beach should retain it’s own unique identity.

    • Rager

      Yes but Bensonhurst goes up until 60th street if you notice the demographics change north of 60th street. Just look at 18th Avenue, 20th or Bay Parkway

      • Sean F

        True, the Borough Park influence starts at 60th, but I’ve always felt a distinct difference northeast of 65th. Once you get to those 64th and 63rd along the N line, it’s not the same as it is southwest of 65th.

  • Lady Deborah Moody

    I always thought Bensonhurst included Mapleton as well.

  • 1ifbyrain2ifbytrain

    “Stewart Avenue once ran straight up the spine of what was then the western edge of the town of New Utrecht.”

    http://forgotten-ny.com/2008/05/stewart-avenue-bay-ridge/