Introducing Park Slope
If you’ve ever wondered where hip people go when they grow up, the answer lies in Brooklyn - Park Slope, to be exact. In this idyllic yet unfailingly cool neighborhood, parents don plaid flannel to push their top-of-the-line strollers, fliers for French immersion preschools are tacked up in organic coffee shops, and frozen yogurt toppings are crafted by Bouchon-trained pastry chefs.
Stroll through the brownstone-edged streets and it’s all too easy to see what drew the cool kids to these parts. Romanesque revival townhouses and Queen Anne-style homes fill the landmark historic district next to the lush expanse of Prospect Park.
The Brooklyn Museum holds court in all its Beaux-Arts glory, bringing culture and cutting-edge art to New York’s most populous borough. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden provides Mother Nature with a stage for her exquisite tricks, from the exuberant blooming of the cherry blossom trees during spring to the explosion of fiery leaves come autumn.
To meet the demands of its exacting population, Park Slope’s restaurant and bar scene is vibrant and varied. Locally sourced 'New American' fare is as easy to come by as Filipino dishes, and bartenders are well-versed in microbrews, vintage bourbons and classic cocktails.
Distances to airports
By car (without traffic): JFK – 35 mins | LaGuardia – 25 mins
Distances to Manhattan
By subway: Soho – 30 mins | Times Square – 35 mins | Central Park – 40 mins
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Best known for
The Brooklyn Museum
Second only to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum is a behemoth housing a famed collection of Egyptian antiquities and American art.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Not just for those gifted with a green thumb, this verdant oasis is a favorite destination among locals, from the manga aficionados who fill the Cherry Blossom Esplanade during the Sakura Matsuri Festival to literary fans perusing the Shakespeare Garden to glimpse the plants that figure in the Bard’s work.
Stroll through the brownstone-edged streets and it’s all too easy to see what drew the cool kids to these parts.