Park Slope at a Glance:
Brooklyn's family-friendly Park Slope neighborhood is known for its beautiful tree-lined streets and historic brownstones and is home, too, to a diverse range of popular restaurants and bars.
Named in 2007 as one of America's top 10 neighborhoods, Park Slope's charms are numerous: Prospect Park makes up the neighborhood's "back yard," transportation is plentiful, local schools are top-rated, and the area boasts several world class museums and cultural institutions.
Park Slope on the Map:
Park Slope stretches north from 15th Street to Flatbush Avenue and is bordered on the east by Prospect Park. Fifth Avenue marks the neighborhood's western border.
Park Slope Transportation:
Park Slope can be accessed by subway on the 2, 3, B, Q, N, M, R and F trains. Five bus lines also serve the area: the B63, B67, B69, B71, and B41.
Park Slope Schools:
- MS 51, 350 Fifth Avenue
- PS 39, 417 Sixth Avenue
- PS 107, 1301 Eighth Avenue
- PS 124, 515 Fourth Avenue
- PS 282, 180 Sixth Avenue
- PS 321, 180 Seventh Avenue
- Secondary School for Law, Journalism and Research, 237 Seventh Avenue
- Beth Elohim Day School, 274 Garfield Place
- Berkeley Carroll School, 181 Lincoln Place; 701 Carroll Street; and 515 Sixth Street
- Montessori School of New York, 105 Eighth Avenue
- Poly Prep Lower School, 9216 Seventh Avenue
- St. Francis Xavier, 763 President Street
- St. Saviour Elementary School, 701 Eighth Avenue
- St. Saviour High School, 588 Sixth Street
Park Slope Real Estate:
Whether you're looking to buy or rent, an apartment in Park Slope will cost you. One-bedroom apartments sell for between $400,000 and $500,000 (and up). Renters will pay between $1800 and $2500 a month for the same type of apartment.
Park Slope Bars & Restaurants:
Park Slope is home to some of Brooklyn's best restaurants. "Al di la," an award-winning Italian restaurant on Fifth Avenue, is a top pick. Also popular is "Franny's" for pizza and wine on Flatbush Avenue and "Palo Santo" for Latin American fare. One of my favorites is "Alchemy," where you'll find one of the best burgers in town.
As for nightlife, locals flock to bars like "Barbès" and "Union Hall" for live music and drinks. Further south, hit up hotspots like "Beer Table" and "Sidecar" for great drink and food menus.
Park Slope Activities & Attractions:
Park Slope's main attraction is, of course, the park: Prospect Park's 585 acres offer up everything from a Farmers' Market and free concerts in warmer months to ice skating and sledding in the winter.
Park Slope also boasts a central location to many other Brooklyn attractions, such as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Museum.
Park Slope Shopping:
Park Slope is filled with boutiques and independent stores, making it a popular Brooklyn shopping destination. A walk down Fifth Avenue or Seventh Avenue will turn up all sorts of shopping gems. Don't miss "Cog & Pearl," which sells handcrafted jewelry, bags, art, and more, much of which is produced by local designers. Other favorites include "Beacon's Closet" for thrift store finds, "Goldy + Mac" for trendy women's fashions, and "Bird," which sells coveted high-end brands like Stella McCartney and A.P.C.