the streets and enjoy...
look at the blocks and blocks of brownstones,
just turn and walk on any side street. This neighborhood,
which is still, I believe, the largest landmarked
district in NY, has some of the best examples
of mid- to late-19th-century row houses in the
country and certainly in the city. Many are now
multi-family rental apartments or co-ops, but
many are still one-family homes. If you turn left
from Seventh Avenue on Union Street, and go "up"
the Slope, you will soon come to the entrance
to Prospect Park, which was built by Calvert and
Vaux (who did Central Park) and much beloved by
of hip new places...
"prime" Slope runs from Flatbush to 9th Street,
and from Prospect Park West down to Sixth Avenue.
But the boundaries of Park Slope are spreading
as more and more people move in, and the hottest
areas, with lots of hip new places is the so-called
South Slope, from 9th Street on, and the lower
Slope, along and around 5th Avenue. Two superb
Italian restaurants are Cucina and Al Di La (Venetian
food, which is fairly unusual), both on Fifth
Avenue. A lot of terrific new restaurants have
opened on Fifth Avenue, including a Thai "fusion"
place called Long Tan and a bistro-type place,
Vaux. Also, there are a bunch of very hip bars
the younger folks may enjoy, such as Great Lakes
and a gay women's club, called the Rising Cafe.
I have gone on at some length -- but those of
us who live in Park Slope are big boosters of
the area. Seeing it will give JourneyWomen a glimpse
of a real NY neighborhood, albeit (I believe)
one that is more lovely than most. Have fun everybody
and don't forget to try your Jamaican patty at
Christie's. It's well worth the stop!
have more time...
there is time available, let me suggest some of
Brooklyn's best cultural and recreational institutions
which are nearby: Prospect Park Wildlife Center,
the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Botanical
Gardens. These can be found on a map of Brooklyn,
and all are within walking distance. However,
if visitors have already walked around Park Slope
and want to do the museum and/or botanical gardens
later, they should take a 1 or 2 subway from Grand
Army Plaza station to Eastern Parkway (one stop)
to conserve their energy. Anyone can give them
directions to the subway station.
Note: On Journeyman's latest trip to New
York I used New York City, The
Rough Guide and found it wonderfully detailed
and extremely useful. For example, this is what they
say (in part) about attractions available in Prospect
Park... "The Wildlife Center (formerly the Zoo)
in which the animals have benefited recently from a
humane overhaul like that in Central Park is open (for
a small charge) every day. There's a restored carousel;
and the lake in the southern half. Many of the various
park attractions have been specially geared to children,
so if you're travelling with kids, it's definitely worth
a trip. And if you're worried about exhaustion -- it's
about 3.5 miles around the park on the main road --
but there's a free trolley bus (Tel: 718.965.8967) that
makes the rounds of the popular spots on weekends.