Gravesend

Photos by Paul Frangipane Gravesend Cemetery is the oldest cemetery owned by New York City with graves dating back to the mid-1600s. The site of Gravesend’s founding at the intersection of Avenue U and Village Road North is marked by…

Canarsie

Photos by Paul Frangipane At the southern point of Canarsie is Canarsie Pier. The pier on Jamaica Bay takes the place of a since-shuttered amusement park. Much of Canarsie takes on a suburban feel with standalone houses and wide tree-filled…

Bensonhurst

Bensonhurst’s 18th Avenue (Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard) is the site of the annual Feast of Santa Rosalia. The feast honors the patron saint of Palermo, Sicily. 18th Avenue has been co-named Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard since 1987 for the neighborhood’s large Italian…