Rena Grossfield is a professional writer specializing
in business and finance who lives in Park Slope, a Brooklyn
neighbourhood. She urges other travelling women to venture
out of Manhattan to visit some pretty amazing stuff
in her part of the world --a mere half hour subway ride
from Rockefeller Center. Rena writes...
you noticed that Brooklyn has become more of a tourist
destination lately? Even some of the red double-decker
tour buses make a sightseeing loop here these days.
However, largely because of residents' opposition to
these big, polluting vehicles traveling through our
mostly narrow streets, the bus companies don't actually
go into my neighbourhood, Park Slope. They skirt it
by going up Flatbush Avenue, a main artery that bounds
it on the north.
buses not allowed...
operators let people off on the corner of Flatbush
and Sterling Place at Christie's, a tiny take-out
store recently named by NY Magazine as the best
place in NY to buy Jamaican patties (filled with
meat, chicken or vegetables -- for an amazing
$1.25 each). This is right on the edge of Park
Slope, but, unfortunately, most of the tourists
-- despite being able to wander around and pick
up a later bus to go back to Manhattan -- don't
venture one step past the restaurant. We see them
standing on this busy, very non-scenic corner
munching their patties with the red bus huffing
and puffing next to them, and we always want to
say, " Be creative --take a walk. Some of NY's
most beautiful homes are literally steps away
from where you're standing."
Manhattan to Park Slope...
like to explain to other JourneyWomen the best
way to see Park Slope. From Manhattan, one can
get to Grand Army Plaza station in Park Slope
on various trains (such as the 1 or 2), but the
most scenic one is to take the "Q" train (on the
IND line), getting off at Seventh Avenue in Brooklyn
(it's the third stop -- first comes DeKalb, then
Atlantic Avenue). The trip takes about 30 minutes
from midtown Manhattan (you can get it at Rockefeller
Center, for example, or 42nd Street, or 34th Street,
to name a few major stations). It's a scenic route
because the train goes over the Manhattan Bridge,
giving the rider a fabulous view of the Brooklyn
Bridge. Really, it's the best view of the bridge
you can get easily.
P.S. New York
City subways and buses operate seven days a week,
24 hours a day. New York City uses MetroCards,
which are good on both subways and buses. A single
trip is 2.00 but I recommend buying an unlimited
MetroCards. They are a great way to save money
and time. The 1-Day Fun Pass costs $7.50 and is
good for one day of unlimited subway and bus travel.
The 7-Day Unlimited Card is $25 and is good for
a week of unlimited travel The easiest way to
get a MetroCard is in a subway station at the
MetroCard Vending Machines, which takes both cash
and credit cards.
you come up from the station, walk down the street
(it's a stretch of Flatbush Avenue that immediately
merges with Park Place and Seventh Avenue), and
turn left on Seventh Avenue. This is the main
shopping street of Park Slope. Walk along this
street for a while. There are a lot of nice shops
and many restaurants (good places for a snack
include two of my favorites --Cousin John's bakery
and Ozzie's coffee bar). There is also, alas,
a new Starbucks further down Seventh Ave.; Park
Slope has managed so far to avoid most of the
chains, but a few are now encroaching. For a meal,
possibilities on Seventh Ave. include the Lemongrass
Grill (Thai), Santa Fe Grill (Mexican), Olive
Vine (Middle Eastern), Fujisan (Japanese), and
numerous Chinese and Italian places. Fairly far
down on Seventh Avenue is a particularly fine
Continental restaurant, called Max and Moritz.