Flatbush Avenue is lined with shops that seem to offer just about everything. Hair salons, pharmacies, banks and restaurants with local West Indian fare. The commercial vacancy rate is approx. 6%. It has a natural harmony of small and large businesses in retail and professional services and restaurants.
Flatbush is one of the most unique neighborhoods in New York, both for its residents and housing stock. Flatbush has many six and seven story brick apartment buildings, but also boasts row houses and even a few high rises. One gem of Flatbush is the area of South Midwood, with its Victorian row houses and Colonial revival homes. There are also single-family homes on the tree-lined strip of Flatbush between Nostrand and New York Avenues.