Park Slope

Central Park was the catalyst for a Manhattan building boom, Prospect Park, which opened in 1867.

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Long before Brooklyn’s current moment of cool, with people from around the world seeking out the nightlife of Williamsburg, Bushwick, and other neighborhoods, Park Slope was one of the borough’s most desirable areas. Just as Central Park was the catalyst for a Manhattan building boom, Prospect Park, which opened in 1867, had a similar effect; it just took a while longer to get going. When it came to its second act, however, Park Slope was ahead of its time. Victorian mansions that had been divided into apartments were being restored to single-family homes as early as the 1960s. What made Park Slope appealing then continues to draw residents, namely the grand 19th-century houses and proximity to the park. In addition, its main commercial strips, Fifth and Seventh avenues, have retained a lively mix of businesses with both established favorites and intriguing new additions.

Nearby Neighborhoods:

Prospect Heights, Carroll Gardens, Kensington, Flatbush, Midwood

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History & Culture

The source of Park Slope’s name, Prospect Park, opened in 1867, designed by the same team behind Manhattan’s Central Park: Frederick Law Olmsted and partner Calvert Vaux. Though the park would generate interest in the area, it would take some time before development took off in earnest. The opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, in 1883, accelerated the pace. The grandest homes were built along Prospect Park West and facing, or at least close to, Grand Army Plaza.

Schools and Transportation

  • Ps 321 William Penn
    180 7TH AVENUE
    0.14 MILES
  • Ps 39 Henry Bristow
    417 6TH AVENUE
    0.23 MILES
  • Berkeley Carroll Elementary School
    0.25 MILES
  • St Francis Xavier School
    0.29 MILES
  • Maurice Sendak Community School
    211 8TH STREET
    0.35 MILES
  • Saint Saviour Catholic Academy
    701 8TH AVENUE
    0.36 MILES
  • St. Thomas Aquinas School
    211 8TH STREET
    0.37 MILES
  • Ps 282 Park Slope
    180 6TH AVENUE
    0.38 MILES
  • The Montessori School of New York - Brooklyn
    105 8TH AVE
    0.40 MILES
  • Ps 372 The Children S School
    0.41 MILES
  • Al-Madinah School
    383 3RD AVENUE
    0.42 MILES
  • Berkeley Carroll School
    181 LINCOLN PL
    0.45 MILES
  • Poly Prep Lower School
    0.46 MILES
  • Ps 77
    0.53 MILES
  • Ps 124 Silas B Dutcher
    515 4TH AVENUE
    0.58 MILES
  • Ps 133 William A Butler
    0.58 MILES
  • Park Slope Christian Academy
    98 5TH AVENUE
    0.59 MILES
  • Ps 107 John W Kimball
    1301 8TH AVENUE
    0.60 MILES
  • Avalon Childcare Fifth Avenue
    552 5TH AVENUE
    0.62 MILES
  • P.S.10 Magnet School for Math, Science & Design Technology
    511 7TH AVENUE
    0.79 MILES
    • Dine & Shop

      For most of Park Slope’s history, Seventh Avenue was the sole commercial strip. Its character generally fits that of the neighborhood as a whole; fixtures like Community Bookstore and 7th Avenue Donuts have been open since the 1970s. Fifth Avenue has a decidedly Brooklyn-nouveau vibe, with local artisans and designers represented and a dining scene that is as diverse as the borough itself. Though technically not in Park Slope, the Barclays Center and Atlantic Terminal mall are just north of Fifth.

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