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A small, homey Italian neighborhood in South Brooklyn.

Bensonhurst, long considered an Italian-American enclave of Brooklyn, still holds on to its roots. Waves of immigration have changed its demographics significantly — with large populations of Asians, Middle Easterners, and Central Americans — but many of the restaurants, bakeries and grocery stores still have that old-school Italian vibe. The most popular spot is, without argument, L+B Spumoni Gardens. This pizza joint opened in 1939 and has served the city’s best Sicilian slice ever since. (That’s a square slice of pizza with cheese on bottom and the sauce on top.) Top it off with spumoni -- an Italian ice with chocolate, strawberry and pistachio flavors -- and you’re officially living it up in Bensonhurst. Photo courtesy of Aaron Landry via Flickr.

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Getting Here

D train to 79 Street. Take the D train to 79 Street, and walk southwest on 78th St towards 17th Ave. Turn right on 18th Ave.

B6 bus to Bay Parkway and 77th Street. Take the B6 to Bay Parkway and 77th Street, and walk southwest on 18th Ave towards 78th Street.

B8 bus to 18 Ave and 77th Street. Take the B8 to 18 Ave and 77th street, and walk southwest on Bay Parkway towards 78th Street. Turn right on 78th Street and turn left on 18th Ave.

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  • Gowanus
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