Get to know Parkville
This area was originally farmland in the 19th century until developers started building homes for the middle class.
The area has a mix of attached row houses, freestanding homes, and apartment buildings. There are still a few deco-era buildings on 18th avenue, but most housing stock was built after World War II. The area gets its name from the lovely Parade Grounds Park that separates the neighborhood from Windsor Terrace, which offers some nice hiking trails, athletic fields, and a dog-run terrain.
Another Russian and Eastern European neighborhood, “Little Odessa, “to the east of Parkville.” The border streets are 18th Avenue to Ocean Parkway and Coney Island Avenue to Brighton Beach. Little Odessa is home to “Odessa,” a restaurant that has been open since 1978 and is one of the best places to eat Russian food in the city. There are also several Russian nightclubs along Brighton Beach Avenue.
It’s a small neighborhood, but some lovely homes are here, and the people are nice. As you approach this neighborhood from the east or west, you’ll notice that the trees seem taller than in other areas. No, it’s not your imagination; this area is zoned for two-family homes, but many were built as three-family homes instead.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Parkville became increasingly gentrified due to its proximity to more popular areas such as Kensington and Ditmas Park. Many young professionals moved into the area from various parts of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and even Queens.