The 'Slope has had a slow and ever-developing history of...development. Whether you want to call this progress or gentrification is up to you. It's easy to understand why people flocked here, though. Bordered by Prospect Park on one side and including the lovely , this entire neighborhood is nineteenth-century brownstone architecture at its best. The rows of houses all have distinct touches on their stoops, their fronts, and it's all very idyllic and photo-op ready. Mixed in almost every other block is a limestone church, giving the neighborhood a skyline of regal steeples. Suffice to say that the neighborhood has a smattering of old school, with early twentieth century pubs and boutique butcher shops mixed in with the newest place to get an organic vanilla chai latte.
15th St. to Flatbush Ave., Prospect Park West to Fourth Ave.
Gourmet cocktails and beers have been shooting up everywhere at spots like Cornelius and Union Hall. Support your local dive at O'Connor's and Freddy's. The Bell House now competes with Southpaw for rock shows, but Barbes has a fabulous mix of world music jammed into its tiny back room space. For something different, hit Issue Project Room near the Gowanus.
Where to begin? Our hands-down favorites: top Italian Al Di La, slow-food-friendly Applewood, French bistro Belleville, Portugese/Italian Convivium Osteria, top pizzeria Franny's, friendly Ethopian Ghenet, Australian outpost Sheep Station, warm and eclectic Stone Park Cafe, classic diner Tom's, and, of course, that little-known Blue Ribbon place.
For food (and beer), the main spots are Bierkraft, Bklyn Larder, Blue Apron, Blue Marble, Grab,Russo's, and United Meat. Stellar gift/jewelry stores to check out are Clay Pot, Cog and Pearl,Matter, Rare Device, and Razor. Beacon's Closet is still a clothing destination, Dixon's is a classic bike shop, and get your capes and lasers at Brooklyn Superhero Supply.