Park Slope, Brooklyn Visitors Guide

A Brownstone Haven Near the Park

Once a sleepy residential community, Park Slope Brooklyn has earned a national reputation as one of the most desirable neighborhoods in New York City.

That's because of its many streets filed with turn-of-the-19th-century landmarked brownstone buildings, and its proximity to beautiful Prospect Park. This active and child-friendly community, also has a lively retail and restaurant scene.

Park Slope has become home to many professionals and creative types, from filmmakers to writers and journalists.

Famously progressive politically, it nonetheless feels relaxed and low-key, a neighborhood where people often meet friends and stop for a chat on the street.

Edited by Alison Lowenstein

 

  • 01 of 07

    Why Visit Park Slope

    Stoop on Tree lined Block in Park Slope
    ••• Andria Patino/Getty Images

    Whether you live in another part of Brooklyn, or are touring out of towners around the borough, or are yourself a tourist, don't miss a stop in Park Slope, Brooklyn, to see this pretty residential neighborhood.

    Of the many reasons to make Park Slope a destination, you can count on good restaurants, bars, boutique shopping, a fabulous park, several music venues, numerous things to do with children, an excellent community bookstore, and blocks and blocks of historic, beautiful architecture.

  • 02 of 07
    ••• Park Slope is served by seven different subway stations. Photo by Ellen Freudenheim

    Park Slope is well served by subways. Indeed, you have a choice of seven different stations! If you want to figure out the best way to get to Park Slope, check out--Which subway should you take to get to Park Slope's 5th or 7th Avenues? 

  • 03 of 07

    Where to Go in Park Slope

    ••• Hawk in Prospect Park. Image © E. Freudenheim 2012

    To get the sense of Park Slope, a few places to see:

    1. 5th Avenue, from Bergen  St. to 5th St. for boutiques, restaurants and bars, and vintage clothing stores including the popular Beacon's Closet.
    2. 7th Avenue, Park Slope's first upscale shopping street. You'll find restaurants, banks realtors, and some lovely shops.
    3. Prospect Park!
    4. Walk some of the landmarked streets, chockablock with brownstone homes. Their preserved facades look today much as they did from 1890 to 1910, when they were built. One notable block, with deep front gardens, is  3rd St. between 7th Ave. and Prospect Park.
    5. The Saturday Grand Army Plaza Green Market near Prospect Park; on Sundays, the Old Stone House museum and nearby farmers market.
    6. Free films at Brooklyn Public Library's Dweck Center, music at Littlefield or Barbes.
  • 04 of 07

    Kids in Park Slope

    ••• Puppetworks in Park Slope is a long-standing favorite for young children. Photo by Ellen Freudenheim

    Park Slope is famously child-friendly. Among the wonderful things to do here with kids are:

    1.  Go to a weekend puppetshow at Puppetworks
    2. Head to a playground in Prospect Park (there are many)
    3. Get a haircut at Lulu's, a combo hair salon & toy store
    4. Visit Little Things toy store, and next door, the Community Bookstore
    5. Get ice cream at Ample Hills and pizza the famously child-friendly Two Boots
    6. Go rock climbing at NYC's largest indoor gym, Brooklyn Boulders
    7. Have a picnic in Park Slope (See Five Places to Have a Park Slope Picnic)
    Continue to 5 of 7 below.
  • 05 of 07
    ••• Prospect Park's 3.3 mile loop is a favorite for runners and cyclists; every November thousands run in Prospect Park for the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. Photo by Ellen Freudenheim

    Prospect Park is one of the jewels of New York City's public park system. It offers endless variety: biking, running, cycling, soccer, tennis, pedal boating, ice skating, horseback riding, playgrounds.

    You can use BBQ and picnic areas, and relax near a large beautiful pond with geese and ducks.

    Or, take a guided nature tour.

    For children, there are wonderful free programs at the Audubon Center and historic Lefferts House, a children's museum, as well as the historic carousel, and many playgrounds.

    In the summer, thousands of people enjoy almost-freeconcerts, organized by Celebrate Brooklyn! in the 9th Street bandshell, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. 

  • 06 of 07

    Other Interesting Areas Near Park Slope

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    ••• The Brooklyn Museum is across from the judges stand. Photo © E. Freudenheim

    Park Slope is within walking distance of several Brooklyn highlights, including:

    1. Brooklyn Academy of Music
    2. Brooklyn Museum
    3. Brooklyn Botanic Garden
    4. Brooklyn Central Library
  • 07 of 07

    There are an increasing number of hotel and B&B options in Brooklyn, for locals whose homes don't have enough room for guests, or for visting families, friends, and prospective Brooklynites. Each of the following resources includes accommodations in Park Slope: