With its beautifully maintained brownstones on picturesque tree-lined streets, fabulous parks, and many small local shops and eateries, Park Slope has a charming, family-friendly vibe. Strollers are at least as common as bicycles in this well-established neighborhood.
Food, Fun and Frolic
Victorian mansions on Prospect Park West mark a majestic entrance to Olmsted and Vaux’s masterpiece, Prospect Park. This 526-acre Brooklyn gem boasts a zoo, an Audubon center, a botanical garden, an ice rink, a band shell, a carousel, an intricate waterway system, a museum, a library, and dozens of recreational and athletic facilities. A few blocks to the west, Washington Park is a popular community meeting spot filled with the sounds of children in the playground or a musical performance drifting out from the Old Stone House. It also hosts a weekly farmer’s market.
Residents of Park Slope appreciate good food and fun. One of the oldest and largest food co-ops in the world, the Park Slope Food Co-op has about 15,000 members. Blue Apron stocks gourmet and artisanal foods from around the world and down the block. Dining options line 5th and 7th Avenues, from sidewalk cafes to top rated restaurants like al di la. The nightlife scene is relaxed yet robust. Craft beer bars like Mission Dolores dot the area and sometimes present live music. Union Hall is packed nightly with young professionals playing bocce or catching a late night comedy or music show. Nearby Gowanus and Prospect Heights also offer plenty of night life options.
Books and Boutiques
Shops in Park Slope are also fun and eclectic. Vintage, independent label, and superhero duds can all be found at the many boutiques in Park Slope. Bird is a favorite destination for fine and funky fashion. Readings, book groups, and various events are offered at Community Bookstore. Handcrafted goods are lovingly displayed at Homebody Boutique.
A Residential Potpourri
The housing stock in Park Slope consists mostly of brownstones that have been converted into multi-unit walk-ups or have been renovated as single-family homes. There are also pre-war co-ops and sleek new developments along 4th Avenue. Prices here are above average for Brooklyn, though they are a bit lower in the southern section of the neighborhood.
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