Central Flatbush, clustered around Flatbush and Church Avenues, boasts a number of historic buildings in a relatively small area, similar to other originally Dutch Colonial NYC towns like Flushing and Jamaica. You’ll find the Dutch Reformed Church and Erasmus Hall, both from the 18th Century, and other very old homes scattered around. The Loew’s Kings Theatre has been recently fantastically restored and reopened. But here’s one of which you may not have read about.
The enthusiastically rococo, towered building at Bedford and Snyder Avenues is a relic of Flatbush’s status as a town on its own before it was absorbed into the city of Brooklyn in 1894 and then the City of New York in 1898. Flatbush Town Hall was built by John Y. Culyer in 1875 in a style known as Ruskinian Gothic, after John Ruskin, a Victorian critic and writer who championed the Gothic style after visiting Europe in the mid-18th century. Culyer also designed PS 90, which now stood, shockingly neglected, a block away at Church and Bedford until a couple of years ago. After its stint as Town Hall, the building served as the 67th Police Precinct until 1972.
Directly across the street is the former Diplomat Bowl, where I bowled badly in league play from 1976-78. Around the corner is an original Ebinger’s bakery building. There’s plenty to see in Flatbush if you scout around.