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Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York

New York has always been a city with a large population of immigrants. In 1947, Flatbush, like much of the United States, found itself in a state of flux. It became a popular destination due to its low rents and accepting attitude towards a diverse working populace. It also provided, as an alternative to slum tenements, Victorian homes with owners seeking to make additional income by renting out individual rooms, offering a more hospitable environment to both tenants and owners alike. 

As returning military servicemen searched for opportunities to restart their interrupted lives, people became much more mobile, and the younger generation began to seek alternatives to the lives they had known prior to World War II. New York became a magnet for the high influx of Jewish refugees, seeking an escape from the refugee camps of Europe following their liberation from the Nazi concentration camps. Flatbush became a haven for the Jewish population, and a Jewish center in Brooklyn.



This Old House:  Victorian Flatbush

A Walk Around Brooklyn -- Interactive Map

The Haunted Mansion Article