Gravesend is historically unique in that it was founded by a female religious dissenter, Lady Deborah Moody. Little evidence remains of its early history except for a community fondness for heritage, the occasional Dutch Colonial farmhouse, and a small historic cemetery that includes a memorial to its founder. Many of the historic houses are looked after with pride.
Gravesend is one of the many neighborhoods in Brooklyn that overlook New York Bay, but the only one with a half-sunken yellow submarine in its waters. Near the submarine, Dreier Offerman Park on the waterfront of Gravesend Bay includes a Bocce Ball court as well as more traditional sports facilities. Submarine aficionados and Bocce Ball champions will never need to leave Gravesend’s borders. To get to wilder parts of Brooklyn, the F, N, and D trains all stop within the hood and allow for easy travel to nearby Coney Island as well as Sunset Park, Park Slope, and other handy Brooklyn neighborhoods. The Shore Parkway along the waterfront expedites car access other parts of the city.
The neighborhood’s real estate offerings include detached homes, row houses, and larger apartment buildings. The buildings are well-cared for, and the streets are quiet, tree-lined, and tidy. Current property listings in Gravesend are varied and include co-ops, condos, row houses, and detached single family homes. The median sales price is $620K. Renters can find a studio for about $1000/mo, and a 1Br for only slightly more at a median price of $1100/mo.