Founded by a Dutch family in 1660, in 1893 the Lefferts estate was divided by James Lefferts into 600 building lots, now known as Lefferts manor. In order to ensure that the neighborhood would contain homes of a substantial nature, Lefferts attached land-use deed restrictions, dictating that each lot contain a single-family residence built of brick or stone at least two stories in height. The land-use covenant still exists in Lefferts Manor. Lefferts manor and parts of Lefferts Avenue and Sterling Street, not in the single-family covenant, were granted landmark status in 1979. Other areas of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens contain a mixture of single-family and multi-family homes as well as larger apartment houses.
In The News: Close-Up On Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. The Boundaries: Runs from Empire Boulevard in the north to Clarkson Avenue in the south and New York Avenue in the east to Ocean Avenue/Prospect Park in the west. The Commute: The area is served by the B, Q, 2, 5 and S subway lines. Click on the “Directions” link in the menu on the left for exact walking/subway directions and commuting time.