Ebbets Field Apartments located between Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood and Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhoods. Before it became a huge apartment complex, the ebbets fields apartments were the proud home to the Brooklyn Dodgers. It was home to thousands of pigs and generations of families for many years before that.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, this area was called Pigtown. It was an impoverished area that was home to many immigrants from Italy and Ireland. This neighborhood was known for its shanties, ash dumps and garbage piles as well as pig farms with their associated smell.
Charles Ebbets (owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers) purchased a piece of land in Pigtown in 1912. This was to create a new field that would be bound by Bedford Avenue on East and Sullivan Place South. This was the start of this neighborhood becoming a developed urban neighborhood.
In 1956, Ebbets Field sold to a local developer for over $1 million (roughly $9 million today).
In February 1960, the baseball park was destroyed. Two years later, the Ebbets Field Apartments complex had been completed. It was the first state-subsidized housing complex built in five boroughs. It was home to 1,317 families.
The housing complex was purchased by Fieldbridge Associates LLC in 1980. They have made significant improvements to it.
This housing complex offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments, as well as large studios.
The majority of Ebbets field Apartments units include a balcony, large rooms, and plenty of closet space. Gas and lights are included in all. Units located on the west side of the building offer great views of Prospect Park and the Statue of Liberty.
A plaque on the wall read “This was the former site for Ebbets Field”.
Shalom Drizin, Ebbets Apartments’ current landlord, said that “Many residents didn’t know their home was historic significance as time passed.”
Before you go
Accessible from Prospect Park Subway Station B/Q/S, Franklin Ave 2/3/4/5/S, or just a short walk away from Prospect Park.