Park Slope is one of Brooklyn’s best known neighborhoods. Many of the iconic brownstones that help define the area’s classic elegance were built in the 1880s and 90s. Capitalizing on the neighborhood’s proximity to newly opened Prospect Park, some of the Victorian era’s most successful entrepreneurs called Park Slope home. Early notable personalities included William Childs, inventor of Bon Ami cleanser and Charles L. Feltman, creator of the hot dog. Today, Park Slope remains a favorite of well-known New Yorkers such as Senator Chuck Schumer and author Paul Auster.
Of course it’s not just bold-faced names who enjoy life in Park Slope. Its combination of natural beauty, creative vibe, relaxed pace and proximity to Manhattan make it attractive to residents with a wide array of interests. That translates into some of the best dining, shopping and activities in New York.
Tips From The Locals
To see the real Park Slope life…Head to Dizzy’s Diner on 5th Ave & President St for eggs, French toast, and bottomless coffee or every Saturday morning from 10-1 you can line up to get fresh farm products at Brooklyn’s flagship greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza. Spending a Saturday morning here is a great way to socialize and meet the locals.
One thing you must do when you visit is…sit down for lunch after Boutique Hopping on 5th Avenue and eat at a neighborhood favorite like Bare Burger. Organic and locally sourced burgers, sandwiches and salads…not to mention, melt in your mouth milkshakes. Plenty of vegan and gluten free options as well, so there is something for everyone.
Be sure to stop by…Eric has a wonderful collection of fine shoes and knowledgeable staff. Can you say “made in Italy”? Quality shoes that will survive a New York lifestyle for years to come. Closet needs a facelift? Head to Kiwi. This boutique has a great range of designer basics and lines hot off the press from fashion week. Chic but not flashy, the girls at Kiwi will have you looking and feeling like a million bucks.
And in the evenings…Experience the fine dining you’re used to, but you can bring the whole family along. In Park Slope, you’ll get the same fine service and a highchair. Top Chef contestant David Talde brings you Asian-fusion in South Park Slope. Get in line for a warm and cozy atmosphere serving traditional Northern Italian Food at Al di la Trattoria Steak and Sushi? What more could you ask for? Not to mention one heck of a kids menu as well at Blue Ribbon. Enjoy Cuban Classics and a warm environment and don’t forget a Cuban coffee and plantain chips at Café Cubana, cash only.
I am always happy to discuss what is going on in the neighborhood: What is your favorite spot/activity in your neighborhood? Where to find the best pizza? How to spend the perfect day in your area? I look forward to hearing your inspirational take on your neighborhood by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.