Ocean Hill is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY that is part of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.  It is bordered by Saratoga Avenue to the north, Atlantic Avenue to the south, Rockaway Avenue to the east, and land owned by the New York City Transit Authority to the west. Ocean Hill is a neighborhood with a rich history and many popular places to visit. Whether you're looking for a place to eat, shop, or just explore, this neighborhood has something for everyone.

History of Ocean Hill

The area now known as Ocean Hill was originally settled by the Dutch in the 1600s. In 1637, the Dutch West India Company purchased land from the Canarsie Indians. This land included present-day Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. 

The area was developed in the late 19th century as a summer resort for the wealthy, and became a year-round community in the early 20th century.  The neighborhood was originally named after the Ocean View Hotel, which was built in 1868. The neighborhood declined after World War II, and experienced a period of gentrification in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Despite its decline in the mid-20th century, Ocean Hill has experienced a resurgence in recent years. The neighborhood is home to many businesses and cultural institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts and the Brooklyn Children's Museum. There are also several parks

It once had the largest population of African Americans in Brooklyn until  the 1970s when many residents moved to other parts of the borough or to Long Island. The area struggled economically in the 1980s, but has since rebounded and is now a thriving community with many new businesses and projects underway.

Popular Places

The Honeymooners House

Ocean Hill is home to the Honeymooners House, the former home of sitcom characters Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton. The house is located at 1030 Rogers Avenue and is now a private residence.

Brooklyn Children's Museum

Ocean Hill is also home to the Brooklyn Children's Museum, the first museum in the United States specifically designed for children. The museum is located at 145 Brooklyn Avenue and offers a variety of interactive exhibits and programs.

Maya Fusion Cafe

Offering Mexican dishes with a twist, this cafe is a favorite among locals.

Roc-A-Fella Records

This record label was founded by rapper Jay Z and has been home to many famous artists.

Chez Oskar

A French dining establishment that is beloved by both locals and tourists with happy hour specials every day.

The Laundromat

A neighborhood bar that is known for its karaoke nights and live music.

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