Pigtown, Brooklyn

This article is about the old neighborhood in Brooklyn. For the historic neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, see Pigtown, Baltimore.

Pigtown was the previous name of a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, until approximately the beginning of the 20th century. The community got its name because it was the location of several major pig farms that supplied Brooklyn.[1]

Pigtown was at the southern periphery of the City of Brooklyn where it bordered the Town of Flatbush. On modern maps it is bounded on the north by Empire Boulevard (formerly Malbone Street), on the south by Midwood Street, on the east by Albany Avenue and on the west by Nostrand Avenue, in the southernmost portion of Crown Heights, and on the edge of East Flatbush.[1]

Pigtown was the site of Ebbets Field, the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1912 to 1957. Future drag racer Frederick DiNome and his criminal brother Richard DiNome were born and raised in Pigtown. The neighborhood is now called Wingate.


  1. 1 2 Holland, Joy. "Pigtown". Brooklynology. Brooklyn Public Library. Retrieved 16 January 2013.

Coordinates: 40°40′N 73°57′W / 40.66°N 73.95°W / 40.66; -73.95

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