There’s more than one way to celebrate Christmas on Church Avenue in Kensington, Brooklyn. Business owners and residents of the neighborhood – one of Brooklyn’s most ethnically and culturally diverse – are getting ready to rejoice in their own ways, often by mashing traditions together.
Over a third of Kensington residents were born somewhere other than the U.S., according to 2008 Census estimates. Two out of 3 residents age 5 and up speak a language other than English at home. Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Italian, American and Arab ancestries are the area’s most common.