Midwood is a neighborhood in the south central part of Brooklyn. Midwood is bounded on the north by Avenue I and Brooklyn College, on the south by Avenue P and Kings Highway, to the east by Nostrand Avenue, and McDonald Avenue to the west. East of Ocean Avenue the community is also known as "East Midwood" and/or "Nottingham". The area between Ocean Parkway and McDonald Avenue is referred to as "West Midwood."
The main shopping streets in the area are Kings Highway, Avenue J, Avenue M, Flatbush Avenue, Nostrand Avenue, and Coney Island Avenue. Midwood residents enjoy a wide variety of shopping and dining options. There is a plethora of Kosher stores and eateries, pizzerias, Russian supermarkets, and chains like Godiva. Shopping ranges from boutiques to a new T.J. Maxx on Kings Highway. Midwood also has a huge variety of public and private schools, and a multitude of synagogues.
With the exception of its thoroughfares, Midwood is a strictly residential community with rows of orderly detached homes and private driveways, and feels almost like a suburb. Yeshivas and synagogues often blend right in — in unassuming converted office buildings or on strictly residential streets. In recent years, many homes have been significantly expanded — built up, built out, even built down. Most Midwood homes sit on 40-by-100-foot lots and were built in the early part of the 20th century. The vast majority are detached single-family homes, but there are some two-families, as well as some semi-attached and attached houses. There are also some rental and co-op buildings along parts of Avenue K and Ocean Parkway. During the recent building boom, developers tore down some single-family homes along Ocean Avenue and off Ocean Parkway and replaced them with six-unit Midwood condominiums.
Midwood has several parks, which include Kolbert Park and the Rachel Haber Cohen Playground and adjacent handball and basketball courts, and the track and playing fields of Brooklyn College and Midwood High School. Another park is "Friends Field," which features baseball diamonds and tennis courts.
Midwood is served by the B, F, and Q Trains, as well as 17 local and 3 express buses.