Canarsie, Brooklyn, New York City
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Canarsie is a neighborhood in the Eastern portion of the borough of Brooklyn, in New York City, USA. Canarsie is also often referred to as "The Small Town in the Big City".
It is bordered on the east by Fresh Creek and East 108th Street, on the north by the Long Island Rail Road's Bay Ridge Branch, on the west by Ralph Avenue and the Paerdegat Basin and on the south by Jamaica Bay. Canarsie also neighbors Starrett City which is now known as Spring Creek Towers.
Today, Canarsie is home to approximately 96,000 people.
At the southeast end of Canarsie is the bay with the prominent Canarsie Pier, and at the other end are mostly commercial warehouses and buildings. Canarsie has many one and two family homes, although there are three large public housing developments and a number of small apartment buildings scattered throughout the community. It was once a haven for Italian American La Cosa Nostra. Today it is home to many African Americans and Hispanics. As reported by News 12 Brooklyn, because of the expensive homes in the area, Canarsie along with East Flatbush reported number one in all of New York City in missing mortgage payments which increased by 40% from last year.
The neighborhood has many parks, including a large park (over 100 acres) commonly referred to as Seaview Park, but officially named Canarsie Beach Park. On Jamaica Bay, beyond the Belt Parkway, lies the Canarsie Pier section of Gateway National Recreation Area.
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