Known for cultivating the preternaturally perfect Brooklyn mom stereotype, for many, Park Slope is a lifestyle as much as a neighborhood. A lifestyle of socially-conscious living fueled by fair-trade coffee and organic produce from the Park Slope Food Co-op, morning dog walks in Prospect Park and mandatory Sunday brunch along Fifth Avenue. But while the family-friendly image of the neighborhood is true, Park Slope also boasts a great bar scene, fantastic food and real estate options that are varied enough to support a wide range of life stages.
Flanking the western border of Prospect Park, Park Slope reaches north to Flatbush Avenue, west to Fourth Avenue and south to the Prospect Expressway. Large portions of the neighborhood, especially close to the park, were once known as the gold coast of Brooklyn. Many of that era's townhouses and mansions still exist thanks to historic district protection, but many larger buildings and multi-family townhouse accommodations can also be found.
Wide, peaceful streets and sidewalks decorated by trees and front gardens are the norm here, but buyer beware, if you go to Park Slope be prepared to stay in Park Slope. Living in this lovely, but far-flung, neighborhood brings with it a 45-minute commute to midtown Manhattan.
Brooklyn's spectacular centerpiece, Prospect Park, offers 535 of idyllic meadows, lakes and woods, plus two greenmarkets, a zoo, dozens of athletic facilities and the gorgeous Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.
Park Slope's Fifth Avenue is the reigning restaurant row and vintage shopping district.
The Park Slope Food Coop opened in 1973 and helped define the Park Slope lifestyle.
Celebrate Brooklyn history from the Dutch era through the Brooklyn Dodgers at Old Stone House & Washington Park.
In addition to music education for all age groups, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music offers a full calendar of public performances.