East New York was annexed as the 26th Ward of the rapidly expanding city of Brooklyn. It is one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in Brooklyn. There is the Gateway Center shopping mall located in Starrett City, with large wholesale stores such as Target and Home Depot where many Brooklynites shop. It is a mix of semi-detached, two-to-four families houses, and apartment buildings. East New York is also the home for the East Brooklyn Industrial Park, established 1980. You will also find many gardens that beautify the neighborhood. There is currently talk about a new plan to create a more affordable living place in the area.