Once a sleepy residential community, Park Slope Brooklyn has earned a national reputation as one of the most desirable residential neighborhoods in New York City.
That's because of its many streets filed with turn-of-the-19th-century landmarked brownstone buildings, its proximity to beautiful Prospect Park, an active and child-friendly community life, and lively retail and restaurant scene.
Park Slope has become home to many professionals and creative types, from film makers to writers and journalists.
Famously progressive politically, it nonetheless feels relaxed and low-key, a neighborhood where people often meet friends and stop for a chat on the street.
(A note for travelers:
1. Why Visit Park Slope (& Bring Your Friends, Too)
Whether you live in another part of Brooklyn, or are touring out of towners around the borough, or are yourself a tourist, don't miss a stop in Park Slope, Brooklyn, to see this pretty residential neighborhood.
Of the many reasons to make Park Slope a destination, you can count good restaurants and bars, boutique shopping, a fabulous park, several music venues, numerous things to do with children, an excellent community bookstore, and blocks and blocks historic, beautiful architecture.
Park Slope is well served by subways. Indeed, you have a choice of seven different stations!
3. Where to Go in Park Slope
To get the sense of Park Slope, a few places to see:
- 5th Avenue, from Bergen St. to 5th St. for boutiques, restaurants and bars, and vintage clothing stores including the popular Beacon's Closet.
- 7th Avenue, Park Slope's first upscale shopping street. You'll find restaurants, banks realtors, and some lovely shops.
- Prospect Park!
- Walk some of the landmarked streets, chockablock with brownstone homes. Their preserved facades look today much as they did from 1890 to 1910, when they were built. One notable block, with deep front gardens, is 3rd St. between 7th Ave. and Prospect Park.
- The Saturday Grand Army Plaza Green Market near Prospect Park; on Sundays, the Old Stone House museum and nearby farmers market.
- Free films at Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center, music at Southpaw or Barbes.
4. Kids in Park Slope
Park Slope is famously child-friendly. Among the wonderful things to do here with kids are:
- Go to a weekend puppetshow at Puppetworks
- Head to a playground in Prospect Park (there are many)
- Get a haircut at Lulu's, a combo hair salon & toy store
- Visit Little Things toy store, and next door, the Community Bookstore
- Get ice cream at Uncle Luigi's, pizza the famously child-friendly Two Boots
- Go rock climbing at NYC's largest indoor gym, Brooklyn Boulders
- Have a picnic in Park Slope (See Five Places to Have a Park Slope Picnic)
Prospect Park is one of the jewels of New York City's public park system. It offers endless variety: biking, running, cycling, soccer, tennis, pedal boating, ice skating, horseback riding, playgrounds.
You can use BBQ and picnic areas, and relax near a large beautiful pond with geese and ducks.
Or, take a guided nature tour.
For children, there are wonderful free programs at the Audubon Center and historic Lefferts House, a children's museum, as well as the historic carousel, and many playgrounds.
In the summer, thousands of people enjoy almost-freeconcerts, organized by Celebrate Brooklyn! in the 9th Street bandshell, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
6. Other Interesting Areas Near Park Slope
Park Slope is within walking distance of several Brooklyn highlights, including:
There are an increasing number of hotel and B&B options in Brooklyn, for locals whose homes don't have enough room for guests, or for visting families, friends, and prospective Brooklynites. Each of the following resources includes accommodations in Park Slope: