Neighborhood Guide: Park Slope

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One of the most attractive and popular neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Park Slope has a lot to offer its residents. But what makes Park Slope so great? And why do so many people want to live here? From the architecture of the neighborhood’s apartments to the great choices for places to eat and drink nearby and the area’s incredible community feel, there’s something for just about everyone in Park Slope.

The Architecture

Known for its classic brownstones, as well as its Queen Anne and Romanesque Revivalist buildings, Park Slope’s architecture is a far cry from the high-rise apartments you’ll find in Manhattan and other New York boroughs. The architecture here is older and more sophisticated, and it’s very attractive to young professionals interested in raising their families in the big city without losing the idyllic neighborhood feel of a small town.

Prospect Park

In addition to the architecture, a lot of young couples and families are attracted to Park Slope because it sits directly on the western side of Prospect Park. Designed and constructed by Olmsted and Vaux, who first created Central Park, Prospect Park is one of the best-loved parks in all of New York City. It’s a beautiful place to take the kids, to go for a run in the morning or evening, or to stroll with your family on a sunny afternoon.

Plus, Prospect Park is home to Prospect Park Zoo, where kids and adults alike can enjoy seeing some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic animals in habitats designed and created to look and feel like their natural environments.

Delicious Dining Opportunities

Of course, the park isn’t all that’s great about Park Slope. The neighborhood is full of incredible places to dine out, whether you’re flying solo, going on a date, or taking the whole family.

If you’re in the mood for Italian, be prepared to wait for a table at Al Di Là. They don’t take reservations, so there’s usually a wait, but the owner, Emiliano Coppa, handles waiting customers beautifully, and chef Anna Klinger’s dishes are always worth the wait. From simple pastas to more complex dishes, there’s something for everyone here.

If you’re in the mood for a good old-fashioned plate of American comfort food at brunch, check out Dizzy’s on 5th. It has a retro look and feel, and you’ll have a hard time choosing between the delicious biscuits and gravy or the mouthwatering mac and cheese.

Of course, these are only just a couple of the many delightful places to eat and drink in Park Slope. The neighborhood has a lively nightlife scene, so if you’re thinking of getting a babysitter and going out on the town together, you won’t have to go far.

Eclectic Shopping

Looking for something completely unique and stylish to decorate your apartment? Check out the handmade treasures at Cog & Pearl. They have delightful items that range from $3 to $750, depending on your taste and your budget. Looking for the perfect outfit for just about any occasion? Bird is the boutique for you, featuring designs from the likes of Stella McCartney, Steven Alan, Rachel Comey, Isabel Marant, and more.

Then, of course, there’s the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company, where you can get everything you need to dress like you walked right out of a comic book. Like we said, the shopping in Park Slope is definitely eclectic!

With gorgeous architecture, a stunning location, seemingly endless dining options, and delightful boutiques and shops on every corner, who wouldn’t want to live in Park Slope? It’s the perfect neighborhood for up-and-coming professionals who want an easy commute to work without living in the middle of Manhattan.

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