Located in Northwest Brooklyn, Park Slope is considered one of New York’s most desirable neighborhoods, calling itself home to many exciting music venues, top-rated schools, popular restaurants, and more. In 2010, Park Slope was ranked #1 by New York Magazine, referencing the neighborhood’s quality public schools, dining, nightlife, shopping, access to public transportation, green space, safety, and creative opportunity. In 2007, Park Slope was named one of the “Greatest Neighborhoods in America,” by the American Planning Association, “for its architectural and historical features and its diverse mix of residents and businesses, all of which are supported and preserved by its active citizenry.” Park Slope was also named one of America’s ten best neighborhoods by Natural Home in December 2006.The award commented on criteria including parks, green spaces, and an abundance of communal gathering spaces, including farmer’s markets, community gardens, and local community centers.
Park Slope is a quiet Brooklyn neighborhood that is full of life. Sharing borders with Gowanus, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Greenwood, and Crown Heights, there are endless ways to explore Park Slope and its neighbors. Park Slope is accessible by the F and G subway lines, the 2, 3, and 4 lines, as well as the D, N, R, B and Q lines.
Nightlife and Entertainment
If you are looking for a night out in Park Slope, make your way over to the Montrose, famous for its international scotch collection and warm environs. You may also want to check out Barbes, a cozy watering hole with Jazz and Blues performances on most nights. Union Hall is another Park Slope Favorite. Part eatery, part bar, part Bocce Ball court, Union Hall is a great place to unwind after work, unleash your inner Bocce Ball champion, and enjoy a variety of eclectic and delicious drinks.
Also make sure to check out Puppetworks, a friendly, non-profit theater that produces and performs puppet shows and modern renditions of classic fairytales.
For food in the Park Slope area, head to Varrio 408, a famed neighborhood Mexican restaurant. Purbird, an American eatery is famous for its chicken soup. Seed is a small, casual restaurant, serving Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine. For dessert, make sure to try Buttermilk Bakeshop. Buttermilk is a local favorite, and while small in size, the Bakeshop boasts some of the best cookies in town.
When the weather is nice, stop by Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, a local farmer's’ market, for environmental education and programming, community events, and locally sourced produce.
History of Park Slope
The area now known as Park Slope, was first inhabited by the Lenape Native American tribe, and was later colonized by the Dutch in the 17th century. On August 27, 1776, in the midst of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Long Island was fought in Park Slope. The historic battle site is now preserved in Prospect Park. Park Slope continued to grow through and beyond the 1850’s, with the introduction of the railcar, making the neighborhood a streetcar suburb of New York City. From 1879 to 1889, the Brooklyn Atlantics, the team that would later come to be called the Dodgers, played in Park Slope’s historic Washington Park.
As one of New York’s most coveted neighborhoods, Park Slope is a wonderful place to find yourself. Whether you are living in Park Slope or just visiting, there are so many ways to see yourself here. If you enjoy the green open space that the neighborhood offers, or the growing sense of community, the nightlife, the food, you are sure to love your time in this charming, yet lively Brooklyn neighborhood.