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Living In: Park Slope


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Find yourself a Park Slope apartment and you'll be moving into what New York Magazine recently proclaimed to be the Number One "Most Livable Neighborhood" in all of New York City for its rare and winning combination of affordable homes, a vast and varied array of first-rate bars and restaurants and coffee shops, its excellent public schools, its low crime rates, and its proximity to one of the New York City's great green spaces, Prospect Park. Park Slope is located in western Brooklyn, with boundaries generally accepted to be Prospect Park to east, Fourth Avenue to the west (and the neighborhoods of Gowanus and Boerum Hill), Flatbush Avenue to the north (and Prospect Heights), and 15th Street to the south (and Windsor Terrace and Greenwood). Apartments in Park Slope are all within walking distance of subway lines, including the F, G, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, and 5, depending on which section of the neighborhood you live in--all of which (except for the G) offer easy access into Manhattan for work and play. Park Slope apartments are available in all sorts of housing stock, from the four-story brick walk-ups on the avenues to the scattering of contemporary buildings which popped up during the most recent real estate boom. But perhaps the most common—and definitely the most coveted—of all Park Slope apartments can be found within one of the hundreds of lovely, historic brownstones and townhouses which line the shady streets... many located in the Park Slope Historic District. These sorts of rental apartments are often located on the ground floor of the brownstones and townhouses (and, frequently, with the property owners living on the upper floors), and so residents are sometimes given access to the backyard terraces and gardens. Not that there's a shortage of easily accessible outdoor space for Park Slope apartment residents. A quick walk (or, in some cases, bike ride) away from everywhere in Park Slope is the magnificent Prospect Park, with its multiple playing fields and playgrounds, vast sunny lawns for picnicking and relaxing, an ice skating rink, a dog beach, a boathouse, a roadway for biking and running, and a band shell amphitheater where free concerts take place all summer long. As far as good eating goes, Park Slope apartment residents enjoy a wealth of reasonably priced, better-than-decent restaurants and food shops, led by the always-jammed rustic Italian spot Al Di La but also including local favorites such as Beer Table, Bark Hot Dogs (the best in New York City? Perhaps…), Song and Beet for Thai, Dram Shop for burgers, and Ladybird Bakery for cookies, pies and cakes (also: Trois Pommes, Almondine, and Colson Patisserie for amazing rice pudding tarts). And at the landmark Grand Army Plaza, in the shadow of the magisterial Brooklyn Public Library, New York City's second best farmer's market greenmarket comes to Park Slope every Saturday, all year long.

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Subway Lines

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  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • b
  • d
  • f
  • n
  • q
  • r
  • g

Schools

  • John Jay Hs
  • Ms 51 W. Alexander Ms
  • Ps 107 John W. Kimball School
  • Ps 124 Silas B. Dutcher School
  • Ps 133 James A. Butler School
  • Ps 154 The Windsor School
  • Ps 282 Park Slope Es
  • Ps 321 William Penn School
  • Ps 39 Henry Bristow School
  • Ps 77

Parks

  • Gardens Of Union
  • J.j. Byrne Playground
  • Park Slope Playground
  • Washington Park

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