East New York: How to spend the day in the community-minded Brooklyn neighborhood

Even though East New York has a rough, violent past (gangster John Gotti grew up here), the community offers a wellspring of support, especially for its younger residents.

The neighborhood lies south of the Cypress Hills Cemetery and north of Jamaica Bay in Brooklyn, with residents who deeply care about helping the youth by providing learning and job opportunities at local cafes, farms and art galleries. East New York offers an interesting perspective of a community working hard to change its culture from the inside out.

So if you find yourself in the southern Brooklyn neighborhood, make sure to stop by the following places to get the most out of it.

Shaye Weaver