Park Slope, often known as the baby stroller capital of the world, very much lives up to its reputation but is so much more than that.
While many young parents with children inhabit the neighborhood because of its excellent education system and proximity to Prospect Park, its lovely tree-lined streets, community focus, and selection of restaurants make it a wonderful neighborhood for anyone to live in.
The current population is around 43,506 and consists of a large upper-middle class population of professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, and families. The vibe of the neighborhood is friendly and laid back. Park Slope is home to the country’s largest owner-run food collective, the Park Slope Food Coop.
5th avenue and 7th avenue are the main strips for restaurants and the selection is pretty much across the board from excellent Japanese at Blue Water Grill to amazing Italian at Al Di La, not to mention tasty sandwiches at Press 195.
There are tons of restaurants throughout Park Slope, including The Chocolate Room, Bogota Latin Bistro, Park Slope Chip Shop, Talde, and Bonnie’s Grill. Gorilla Coffee is a well-liked neighborhood spot, and Union Hall is a popular pub and music venue.
Historically, the area known as Park Slope was first inhabited by the Native Americans of the Lenape People, then colonized by the Dutch, who farmed the region for more than 200 years. Later, it served as the backdrop for the Revolutionary War’s battle of Long Island. The famed “Battle Pass” site is now preserved in Prospect Park. Park Slope’s pastoral period ended soon after the Civil War. Following the urban sprawl of the 1870’s, Park Slope became a streetcar suburb. Large Victorian mansions were erected on Prospect Park West, many of which are still preserved today in the neighborhood’s historic district. Park Slope is also the original home of the Brooklyn Atlantics baseball team, later known as the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Park Slope’s boundaries include Prospect Park to the east, Carroll Gardens and Red Hook to the west and northwest, and Prospect Heights to the northeast.
Residents can pretty much get to anywhere in Brooklyn or Manhattan from their Park Slope apartment—that is, if they ever choose to leave. Many of the major subway lines run through the neighborhood including the D, M, and N/R trains to Pacific Street; the 2/3, 4/5, B, and Q trains to Atlantic Avenue; the 2/3 trains to Bergen Street and Grand Army Plaza; the B and Q to Seventh Avenue; the M and R to Union Street station and Ninth Street; the F to Fourth Avenue/Ninth Street, Seventh Avenue, and Fifteenth Street/Prospect Park.
|Building Address||# no-fee apts|
|280 14 Street||41|
|93 4 Avenue||20|
|171 15 Street||20|
|229 ST JOHN'S PLACE||20|
|683 4 Avenue||15|
|288 9 Street||13|