Homecrest borders Kings Highway to the north, Avenue X to the south, Coney Island Avenue to the west, and Ocean Avenue to the east.
The community has traditionally been home to a large Italian population and has also experienced an influx of people from Latin America, Israel, Syria, Russia, and other former Eastern-bloc nations.
However, in more recent years, Avenue U (Ocean Pkwy. to Ocean Ave.) has now evolved into New York City’s newest Chinatown, as evidenced by the growing number of Chinese-run fruit markets, restaurants, beauty and mail salons, and computer and general electronics dealers.
In recent years many condominiums have sprung up. Many of the private residential two-story homes within the community have been renovated into mini-mansions, some estimated at a half-million dollars in estimated value. Just South of Avenue “V” you will find many one-story bungalow type homes, as well as rows of one-story brick homes with community backyards and driveways.
Kings Highway (To The South) Is One Of The Three Main Retail Shopping Districts. Second is Coney Island Avenue, and the third is Avenue U. Lester’s Clothing shops, Avenue ‘U’ at Coney Island Avenue, has been a long-time staple on Avenue I.
The Community is serviced by the BMT Brighton Line, with stations located at Kings Highway, Avenue U, and Neck Road. The B6 Limited and other NYC Transit Bus routes service the area.