The name Bensonhurst came from the former president of Brooklyn Gas, Arthur W. Benson, who purchased farmland in 1835 from the Polhemus family. From this purchase, Benson began dividing the land into generous lots that would later become the suburb of Bensonhurst by the sea, now known by its current name of Bath Beach. Today, Bensonhurst is known as the “Little Italy” of Brooklyn and is a popular area to head to during the end of the summer for its colorful Festa di Santa Rosalia, or simply known as “The Feast.” The Feast takes place on 18th Avenue from Bay Ridge Parkway to 66th Street and attracts thousands each year.
Students of Bensonhurst are served by The Mapleton School, Dr. Irving A. Gladstone School, Bensonhurst School, Joseph B. Cavallaro School, Edward B. Shallow School, and New Utretch High School. Bramson ORT College is located nearby for those who are ready to further their learning career.
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