Sunset Park
Eighth Avenue and 52nd Street
Eighth Avenue and 52nd Street
Location in New York City
Coordinates: 40°38′46″N 74°00′43″W / 40.646°N 74.012°W / 40.646; -74.012Coordinates: 40°38′46″N 74°00′43″W / 40.646°N 74.012°W / 40.646; -74.012
Country United States
State New York
City New York City
Borough Brooklyn
Community DistrictBrooklyn 7[1]
Population
 (2010)[2]
 • Total126,000
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
11220, 11232
Area code718, 347, 929, and 917
Sunset Park Historic District
Sunset Park, Brooklyn is located in New York
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Sunset Park, Brooklyn is located in the United States
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
LocationRoughly bounded by the Upper New York Bay, Thirty-sixth St., Ninth Ave. and Sixty-fifth St., Brooklyn, New York
Area280 acres (110 ha)
ArchitectPohlman & Patrick; et al.
Architectural styleRenaissance Revival, Romanesque Revival, Neo-Grec; Classical Revival
NRHP reference #88001464[3]
Added to NRHPSeptember 15, 1988

Sunset Park is a neighborhood in the southwestern part of the New York City borough of Brooklyn, bounded by Park Slope and Green-Wood Cemetery to the north, Borough Park to the east, Bay Ridge to the south, and Upper New York Bay to the west.[1][4]:1266–1267[a] The neighborhood is named after a 24.5-acre (9.9 ha) public park of the same name, located between 41st and 44th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues.[5]

For most of its history, Sunset Park was considered to be part of Bay Ridge or South Brooklyn. The arrival of the New York City Subway's Fourth Avenue Line (present-day D​, ​N​, and ​R trains) in the early 20th century led to its development as a residential neighborhood. In the 1960s, the name "Sunset Park" was given to the portion of Bay Ridge north of 65th Street as part of an urban renewal initiative. Today, Sunset Park's population is composed of Hispanics, Chinese, Indians and Norwegians.

Sunset Park is part of Brooklyn Community District 7 and its primary ZIP Codes are 11220 and 11232.[1] It is patrolled by the 72nd Precinct of the New York City Police Department.[6] Fire services are provided by the New York City Fire Department's Engine Company 201 and Engine Company 228/Ladder Company 114.[5] Politically, Sunset Park is represented by the New York City Council's 38th District.[7]

History

Early settlement

South Brooklyn was originally settled by the Canarsee Indians, one of several indigenous Lenape peoples who farmed and hunted on the land. The Canarsee Indians had several routes that crossed Brooklyn, including a path from Fulton Ferry along the East River that extended southward to Gowanus Creek, South Brooklyn (present-day Sunset Park), and Bay Ridge.[8]:9[9] The Canarsee traded with other indigenous peoples, and by the early 17th century, also with Dutch and English settlers.[8]:9

The first European settlement at Bay Ridge occurred in 1636 when Willem Adriaenszen Bennett and Jacques Bentyn purchased 936 acres (379 ha) between 28th