Neighborhood Spotlight: Park Slope

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Life in Park Slope

Iconic brownstones, young families and amazing arts, culture and eats, all in this vibrant Brooklyn neighborhood


Don’t be fooled by Park Slope’s iconic brownstones and Victoria mansions — this bustling Brooklyn neighborhood is home to a young, vibrant and strikingly artsy culture. While even a few years ago Park Slope was a go-to for the more traditional professionals, today expect to see more topknots and double strollers than business formal.


Better still, there’s been an explosion of green space in Park Slope, plus farmers’ markets, beer gardens and wine bars. You can now get any IPA, stout, lager or pale ale you can imagine — and plenty you cannot (kombucha-infused brew, anyone?). And, of course, as the stroller set settles in, we’re seeing more of all good things, from outdoor concerts to pop-up museums to amazing restaurants manned by emerging A-list chefs.


Some other reasons to consider calling Park Slope “home?”


Best-in-class public schools


Park Slope is served by New York City Department of Education districts 13 and 15. While, of course, kids can apply to schools outside of their district, many don’t — Park Slope kids are already zoned for some of the best schools in the city, so there’s little need to hike it across BK or into Manhattan.


Move over Central Park…


Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, flanks Park Slope’s southeastern border. Residents enjoy access to 526 acres of green space packed with miles of walking and jogging paths, dog parks, lakes, athletic fields, the Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza and year-round attractions.


The 32,000-square-foot LeFrak Center at Lakeside is also open year-round, with ice skating during the cold winter months and rollerskating the rest of the time. And foodies rejoice; more than 100 vendors gather at the park Sunday from April through October for Smorgasburg Prospect Park — a go-to gathering of global cuisine from local and regional culinary masters that draws people from all over the city and beyond.


Live music is always happening


Park Slope may be known for its historic homes and family-friendly vibe, but the real stars are the neighborhood’s countless live music venues. Union Hall has it all: comedy acts, rock and roll, local bands. The Rock Shop digs up Jukebox the Ghost and other goodies, plus there’s a sports bar nestled upstairs. Check out Barbès on Tuesdays for the Slavic Soul Party and don’t forget about Bell House, known for major acts such as Louis CK and Brand New.


Any easy commute, anytime


Park Slope is served by multiple subway lines including the F and G which runs along Ninth Street. Beyond that, the 2, 3, 4, 5, D, N, R, W, B and Q are also accessible from various points in the neighborhood. The commute to Midtown on the F line takes about 45 minutes during peak times.


Park Slope is the ultimate playground


Park Slope is a family-friendly community — one visit and you’ll see signs of it everywhere. From strollers everywhere and anywhere to tons of parks to local businesses — bars included — welcoming pint-sized guests, Park Slope is an amazing place to be a kid. Some of our faves? The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. which is stocked with everything a budding superhero requires, and Puppetworks, known for its fantastic performances.


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New York Times