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    Jennifer Methwes
    W. Sunset Park
    22 Mar
    Originally part of Bay Ridge, the area got its own name with the creation of Sunset Park in 1891. Today, the neighborhood extends from Prospect Expressway to 65th Street and Eighth Avenue to the waterfront. Sunset Park’s first major development began after the Civil War when manufacturing enterprises were established on its waterfront. Beginning in the 1880s, the inland area developed as a residential neighborhood for middle- and working-class families, including many who worked on the waterfront. A major stimulant to its growth was the establishment in 1889 of a ferry service to and from Manhattan at Second Avenue and 39th Street. Sunset Park’s first waves of immigrants were Irish, German, and Scandinavian, but by the late 19th century, immigrants from Italy, Greece, and Poland also arrived. To accommodate them, large swaths of rowhouses were built. Puerto Rican and other Latin American populations began settling here in the 1940s, and large numbers of Asian immigrants arrived in the 1980s, establishing Brooklyn’s first and New York City’s third “Chinatown.” Sunset Park’s standout building type is the masonry rowhouse. In fact, Sunset Park contains one of the earliest and most extensive concentrations of two-family masonry rowhouses in the city. Mostly built between 1885 and 1912, these stunning blocks are accented by commercial thoroughfares and institutional and religious buildings mostly completed by the early 1930s. #history #sunsetpark
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  • 1. A city within a city Many would likely be surprised to learn of the booming city within New York City. The 6 million-square-foot Industry City is a man-made “microcosm of NYC,” equipped with a 40,000-square-foot food hall, over five acres of open space, and more than 400 companies from verticals ranging from fashion to film production to tech. 2. It’s one of the most beautiful neighborhoods In the early 1900s when many of Sunset Park’s structures went up, uniformity was not exactly trending. On any given block in the Brooklyn neighborhood, classical brownstones, funky brick buildings, and rugged limestone structures all share space on the city streets. The neighborhood, which promises a change of scenery at every turn (literally), never ceases to surprise. 3. It’s home to one of the city’s most exciting food and drink scenes Thanks in part to its diverse residents and old-meets-new vibe, Sunset Park boasts some of New York City’s most unique dining and drinking. Here, no-frills mid-century Irish pubs are neighbors with trendy vodka distilleries. When searching for something worth washing down, count on the area’s top taquerias, where some of the best Mexican cuisines on the East Coast is enjoyed with abandon. #sunsetpark #reasons
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  • As diverse as Sunset Park's eating scene is, it does have one specialty: tacos. A few blocks south of the park, you'll find Tacos Matamoros, where the char-grilled marinated pork is roasted on a spit and then shaved, shawarma style, onto corn tortillas. Tacos El Bronco, over on Fourth Avenue (there's also an El Bronco truck on Fifth Avenue and 37th Street), has a similar setup and was recently singled out by the Food Network for its "flawless" pork tacos accompanied by roasted onion bulbs. Meanwhile, Ricos Tacos, a few blocks south on Fifth Avenue, is your go-to for superlative handling of unusual cuts of meat, like beef tongue. Those looking for more elaborate Mexican preparations should try Maria's Bistro Mexicano, whose standout dishes include a thick-cut pork chop grilled with Oaxacan achiote salsa, and el molcajete norteño, which is grilled sirloin, shrimp and poblano peppers served on a heated lava rock. The neighborhood caters to those looking to cook up some Latin food at home too: Plaza Xochimilco 2, on Fifth Avenue near 57th Street, is your one-stop grocery shop, and has a dizzying array of fresh jalapeños. #food #sunsetpark
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  • Plenty of opportunities exists to satisfy your sweet tooth after whatever meal you've chosen. La Gran Via Bakery is a Cuban-owned establishment known for its elaborately decorated and painstakingly constructed cakes, from those adorned with a cascade of delicate sugar flowers to something shaped like an Angry Bird. Thankfully, La Gran Via also sells its confections by the slice, including tres leches, cheesecake, and Dominican cake (layered, with a tropical filling), as well as cannolis and cookies. Ines Bakery, a Mexican spot, also has amazing tres leches plus house-made doughnuts. It's the place to go should you get a hankering for something sweet in the wee small hours; on weekdays, Ines stays open all night. Bon Appetite is an Asian bakery over Seventh Avenue, trading in a variety of cakes, buns, milk teas, and dumplings. The Green Fig Bakery, near Green-Wood Cemetery, is a bi-level cafe with a wide selection of pastries and baked goods: basics like croissants and black-and-white cookies; treats such as pumpkin bread, Linzer tortes, and chocolate-covered fig crucettas (a kind of cookie). It also has savory lunch fare, including many vegan options. #cafes #sunsetpark
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  • Let's see how unique sunset park is: • The neighborhood held its first Puerto Rican Day Parade in decades, which included marching bands, 60 vintage cars and motorcycles and a concert at the park. • Sunset hosts tons of music festivals. Whether it’s Make Music New York, Fifth Avenue Festival, and more, the neighborhood knows how to party. • Vendors along Fifth Avenue make the best piraguas, a terrific ice treat during the sweltering summer months. • The Sunset Park pool is a prime destination for residents to stay cool, take a few laps, and receive a few lessons. Recently, the facility was renovated, adding spacious locker rooms and a new play area for kids. • The food is tremendous. Whether it’s Asian eateries or Spanish restaurants such as Castillo’s, your taste buds will thank you, and your wallet will be not much slimmer as a result. • The Sunset Park Business District is hands-on, offering the neighborhood plenty of information on events thanks to its smartphone app. #sunsetpark
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    Gonzalez Grocery, 4824 6th Ave, New York, New York 11220, United States
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