Bensonhurst is a residential neighborhood in the southwestern section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. The neighborhood is bordered on the northwest by 14th Avenue, on the northeast by 60th Street, on the southeast by Avenue P and 22nd Avenue, and on the southwest by 86th Street. It is adjacent to the neighborhoods of Dyker Heights to the northwest, Borough Park and Mapleton to the northeast, Bath Beach to the southwest, and Gravesend to the southeast. Bensonhurst contains several major ethnic enclaves. Traditionally, it is known as a Little Italy of Brooklyn due to its large Italian-American population. 18th ave, specifically, has a concentrated number of Italian-American cornerstones. The US Census claims that Bensonhurst’s and Dyker Height’s area code maintain the largest population of italian speakers in America. Bensonhurst also holds the most Napolitan and Sicilian dialect speakers outside of Italy. The neighborhood also hosts the Feast of St. Rosalia every year in late August.

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