In the western section of Flatbush Brooklyn is the neighborhood of Ditmas Park. The community sits on property that was formerly owned by the Ditmarsen family around 1695.

The Victorian homes in Ditmas Park were built as a development in the early twentieth century from farmland in the former village of Flatbush, in response to the construction of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit line to Coney Island, and were some of the earliest New York City suburbs.

The neighborhood looks more like part of a historic rural village than a community in the heart of one of New York City’s most populous boroughs. It has one of the largest collections of Victorian houses in the country. To protect the integrity of the Victorian architecture, Ditmas Park is one of three Flatbush neighborhoods that have been designated as Historic Districts.

Community Bookstore is about three miles north of Ditmas Park Brooklyn. 30 minutes by car, 19 by bike or 23 minutes by bus if you combine it with a short walk. If cardio is your thing, have we got a great walk for you. We’re just  just 57 minutes away if you go through Prospect Park.  We are located at 143 7th Ave. Brooklyn NY

Community Bookstore has been serving Brooklyn since 1971. It is many things to many people. A bookstore, yes, but also a community gathering place and cultural refuge. Our store is notable for a considered selection of new books, for our garden, and for our animals (one cat and one turtle, at present).

In 2013, we took over another neighborhood bookshop, renamed it Terrace Books, and stocked it with a mix of new, collectible and curated used books. But no cat. Community Bookstore’s Tiny, so famous he’s on the cover of a bestseller in Japan, refuses to share the spotlight!

Directions from Ditmas Park to Community Bookstore

Ditmas Park Map

Zip codes in Ditmas Park include 11226
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