Located in the area of South Brooklyn, Park Slope is a neighborhood in Brooklyn, NYC. The area is bounded by Prospect Park from the east, Prospect Expressway from the south, Flatbush Avenue from the north and Fourth Avenue from the west. The whole neighborhood is divided into slops – the area south of 10th Street is known as South Slope, the area from Flatbush Avenue to Garfield Place is called North Slope, whereas the section from 1st to 9th Streets is called Center Slope.
The name of the park comes from its neighborhood place Prospect Park. Park Slope is filled with historic buildings, cafes, bars, restaurants. Park Slope is also considered as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in entire New York. Due to quality public schools, dining, nightlife, and safety, the neighborhood was ranked #1 by the New York Magazine.
The present-day Park Slope was once land owned by Edwin C. Litchfield – the owner of railroad land. However, he sold the land to the developers in the late 19th and early 20th century. At that time, the total area of the land was 526 acres.
In the early days, the land was occupied by Lenape and Native Americans. During the 1860s, the land was purchased by the City of Brooklyn and in the following years, many rich New Yorkers turned their attention to Park Slope. Early name recommendations for the neighborhood were Prospect Hills, Prospect Heights, and Park Hill-Side.
According to the census of 1890, Park Slope was the richest neighborhood in the United States. Brooklyn Bridge which was completed in 1883 boomed the entire neighborhood. Artists and young families recognized the value of Park Slope in the 1970s and 80s and hence bought real estate here.
According to the stats of 2010, the population of Park Slope was 67,645. Most of the people here are White along with Hispanic, Black and Asian.
Crown Heights, Sunset Park, Lefferts Garden, Gowanus, Prospect Heights, and Boerum Hill.
Buildings – Flat or Tall?
Park Slope is filled with beautifully designed brownstone however, the South Slope has a couple of new condos.
Park Slope is one of the most appealing and safest places to live and raise a family in Brooklyn. The neighborhood is home to creative peoples and young professionals. If you are a museum lover, head towards internationally commended Brooklyn Museum. For greenery lovers, the neighborhood offers places like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Move towards 5th and 7th Avenues for elegant restaurants and quaint boutiques. Fill up your grocery store with a visit to Farmer’s Market. If you love music concerts, don’t forget to visit Union Hall and The Rock Shop. Enjoy the legendary pasta at Al Di La Trattoria and then have a glass of wine at Barbes.
If you are in the neighborhood, don’t forget to take part in skate night festival ‘Brooklyn Lyceum’ which takes place on September 29. Take your kids to Puppetwork's "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, which takes place every Saturday and Sunday throughout December.