Although it has been described as a "subsection of the larger East Flatbush neighborhood," with an estimated 60,000 residents. it has it own identity as "the Remsen Village neighborhood of Brooklyn" and also as "Rugby-Remsen Village.
Use of the name Remsen Village by residents and local organizations began before the 1970s, but more widespread use appears to have originated in the mid-1990s, with identification continuing a decade later and into the present (2019).
The name "Rugby" (also the name of a road within the area) was described in 2016 by the New York Times as "the old name for the area."
Related to the above namings are references such as
"Remsen Village, located between East Flatbush and Brownsville."
Remsen Village's population is over one third of Brooklyn Community Board 17's, the administrative unit to which it belongs, along with "East Flatbush, ... Farragut, Rugby, Erasmus and Ditmas Village."
The name is used as a geographic unit in Brooklyn
encompassing a 2+ mile distance.
NYS Assemblymember Diana C. Richardson (Assembly District 43) identified her district as including East Flatbush, Northeast Flatbush, Rugby, Farragut/Hyde Park, Remsen Village, Ditmas Village
Real Estate recognition
The Real Estate industry gives recognition to Brooklyn's Remsen Village. One multiple listing service calls it "an enclave" and a "microneighborhood" with "two renowned hospitals" and "Brooklyn's only medical school".
A "building of the day" architectural award described its September 23, 2013 awardee as being in "Neighborhood: Remsen Village (East Flatbush)/Canarsie."
Brooklyn has a Remsen Street in one neighborhood, and a Remsen Avenue in another; both are named after a Dutch family "that was among the early settlers of" the borough. An article about the aforementioned cites a book named "The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn" which refers to Remsen Village.
One real-estate source referred to Flatbush having "eleven neighborhoods" "many no larger than a few square blocks;" Remsen Village is much larger.