Revision as of 19:50, 25 September 2012
Prospect Park is in Brooklyn. It includes its namesake park, plus the neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Windsor Terrace, and Prospect Park South.
- Park Slope has long been a haven for interracial families, lesbians and gays, and everyone else with a certain kind of groove in NYC; this upscale but downhome neighborhood can be joked about as the Berkeley of New York City. The granola eating transplant crowd might make you queasy at times and nostalgic for crackheads, but the neighborhood itself is beautiful. Boutiques, cafés, bars, health food stores like the 30 year old Park Slope Food Coop , and attractive young people pushing strollers. Also home to a sizeable lesbian community since the 1970's. Take the B or Q to 7th Ave, the M or R to 9th St, or the F or G to 4th Ave or 7th Ave and walk the neighborhood. Prospect Park  is large, beautiful and green. Ice-skate here in the winter. Fly kites and enjoy free weekend concerts in the summer. While staying hip and vibrant, "the slope" as it is commonly referred to, also enjoys its share of wealth. The quaint, tree-lined streets closer to the park house ornate, brownstones, townhouses, full service apartment buildings, and even a few full scale urban mansions on the parkside. These residences include the homes of names such as Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and famed actresses Jennifer Connelly, Steve Buchemi and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Check out 5th Ave for the restaurants and bars.
- Prospect Heights is just north of Prospect Park, and traditionally considered part of Crown Heights. It features the Brooklyn Museum, which is first-rate but often overlooked due to the museums in Manhattan. A block away from the museum is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
The 2 or 3 train will take you to Grand Army Plaza, just at the corner of the park; it will also take you to Eastern Parkway, near the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
The B or Q will take you to Seventh Avenue near the corner of Seventh Avenue and Flatbush.
The F and G will take you to Seventh Avenue at the corner of Seventh and Ninth (be aware that, despite the name, this is on the other side of the neighborhood from the B/Q station) or to 15th Street-Prospect Park at the Western corner of the park.
Finally, the M (rush hours) or R can take you to Union Street, which is at the corner of Union St. and Fourth Ave.
The Soldiers' and Sailors' Arch in Grand Army Plaza
- Grand Army Plaza, (Subway: 2/3/late night 4 trains to Grand Army Plaza), . The gateway to Prospect Park, laid out in 1870. The Soldiers and Sailors Arch was added in 1892 as a memorial to the victorious Union Army. The Plaza itself is a large traffic circle surrounded by trees; apartment buildings; the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, itself a large distinctive landmark building; and a memorial bust of President John F. Kennedy. Each June, Grand Army Plaza is the focus for the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival for those who lived in the borough.
- Old Stone House (Vechte-Cortelyou House), Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground (3rd St and 5th Ave; Subway: F/G trains to 4th Ave, or M/R trains to Union St or 9th St), ☎ +1 718 768-3195 ([email protected]), . Sa-Su 11AM-4PM. 1930s replica of a Dutch colonial farmhouse that had been constructed on the site in 1699; the original structure was buried under landfill during the regrading of the Park Slope neighborhood in the early 1900s. Features an exibit on the Battle of Brooklyn, the first and largest battle of the American Revolution. $3 suggested donation.
- Park Slope Historic District. One of Brooklyn's most prized brownstone neighborhoods. It is predominantly residential, characterized by late 19th and early 20th century rowhouses with architectural significance. Street signs in the Historic District are brown rather than green.
- Prospect Park South. The lesser-known historic district on the other side of the Park. It was developed at the turn of the 20th century by Dean Alvord as one of the first suburbs.
- Pavillion Theater, 188 Prospect Park West (between 14th and 15th Sts; Subway: F/G trains to 15th St-Prospect Park), ☎ +1 718 369-0838. A historic movie theater across the street from the park. The exterior is nice, and the interior has many old movie posters. Unfortunately, the only way to see the inside is to buy a movie ticket, and seeing a movie at the Pavillion is nowadays considered an overpriced, not-all-that-fun experience.
- Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy (at Washington Ave; Subway: 2/3 trains to Eastern Pkwy-Brooklyn Museum), ☎ +1 718 638-5000, . W 11AM-6PM, Th-F 11AM-10PM, Sa-Su 11AM-6PM (). Housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, the Brooklyn is the 2nd largest art museum in New York City and one of the largest in the USA. Its world-renowned permanent collections include more than one million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. Only a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, with its own newly renovated subway station, the museum is part of a complex of 19th century parks and gardens that also includes Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo. On the first Saturday of each month, the museum is open until 11PM with free admission and special events. Suggested contribution $10 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for children under 12 ().
Parks and gardens
Cherry blossoms in bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 900 Washington Ave (Subway: 2/3 trains to Eastern Pkwy-Brooklyn Museum, 4/5/S trains to Franklin Ave-Botanic Garden, or B/Q/S trains to Prospect Park), . Tu-F 8AM-4:30PM, Sa-Su 10AM-4:30PM. The garden is 52 acres and the layout was well planned. It is definitely worth a visit. Designed by the Olmsted Brothers in 1910 and open to the public since 1911. The garden includes an authentic Japanese garden, a Children's Garden, and the Cranford Rose Garden. The garden has the largest cherry blossom trees in one place outside of Japan. There are 42 gorgeous varieties. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts various festivities throughout the year, including Hanami Sakura in May and the Chile Pepper Festival in October. $8 adults, $4 seniors 65+ and students with ID 12+, free for children under 12 ().
(Subway: 2/3 trains to Grand Army Plaza, F/G trains to 15th St-Prospect Park, B/Q trains to Prospect Park, or Q train to Parkside Ave), . Established in 1867 and laid out by Olmsted and Vaux, the designers of Manhattan's Central Park. The Long Meadow is the largest continuous band of green space in New York.
- Long Meadow.
- Veil of Kashmir.
- Boathouse/Audobon Museum.
- Wollman Rink.
- Celebrate Brooklyn!, at the Prospect Park Bandshell (entrance at Prospect Park West and 9th St; Subway: F/G trains to 7th Ave or 15th St-Prospect Park), . An annual series of concerts that are held throughout the summer. Most shows are free, but a handful of benefit shows will have a ticket charge.
- Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store, 372 5th Ave (between 5th and 6th Sts; Subway: F/G trains to 4th Ave or M/R trains to 9th St), ☎ +1 718 499-9884, . 11:30AM-5PM daily. The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. is your one-stop shopping destination for crime-fighting needs in the Tri-State area. Items on sale include capes, masks, secret identity kits, invisibility detection goggles, particle blasters, powdered anti-matter, deflector gauntlets, bottled justice, maps showing hotspots of good and evil, power rings, and countless other tools essential for any hard-working do-gooder. Test a cape, get devillainized, create your superhero persona and enter it in the master log - they've got it all. The BSSC is also a clever front for the 826NYC Student Writing Center, a non-profit center founded by Dave Eggers (among others) where kids aged 6-18 may receive after school tutoring, or attend a variety of creative workshops, all free of charge. Student writing is on sale in the store, along with books and other items from the McSweeney's label.
- The Bagel Hole, 400 7th Ave (at 12th St; Subway: F/G trains to 7th Ave). The Bagel Hole's bagels hearken back to the days when bagels were small hockey pucks with a definite chew and a nice malty flavor. Easily among the best in New York, and some of the best priced, at about 50 cents for a bagel and a price that just keeps going down the more you buy. This is a good place to stock up on bagels for self-catering.
- Cog & Pearl, 190 5th Ave (at Sackett; Subway: M/R trains to Union St or 2/3 trains to Bergen St), ☎ +1 718 623-8200, . Noon-8PM daily. A great place to find high quality hand-made designer items. A one-stop shop for last minute gifts.
Unfortunately for the budget traveler, Park Slope has very little in the way of budget or midrange eateries, since it is an expensive neighborhood. However, there are some good low-price places
- Cafe Steinhof, 422 7th Ave (at 14th St; Subway: F/G trains to 15th St-Prospect Park), ☎ +1 718 369-7776, . M 5PM-11PM, Tu-Th 11AM-4PM and 5PM-11PM, F-Sa 11AM-4PM and 5PM-midnight, Su 11AM-4PM and 5PM-11PM. A bar/restaurant with good, inexpensive food, specializing in Austrian cuisine. Dinner mains all $15 and under; sandwiches and small meals $11 and under. Monday is $6 Gulasch Night, an excellent value, especially for the neighborhood.
- Hunan Delight, 752 Union St (at 6th Ave; Subway: M/R trains to Union St, B/Q trains to 7th Ave, or 2/3 trains to Bergen St or Grand Army Plaza), ☎ +1 718 789-1400. Sa-Th 11:30AM-10:30PM. Neighborhood Chinese restaurant; excellent vegetarian options (fake meat, etc) and sweet and sour soup. Delivery available.
- Joe's Pizza of Bleeker Street, 137 7th Ave (between Carroll and Garfield; Subway: 2/3 trains to Grand Army Plaza or B/Q trains to 7th Ave), ☎ +1 718 398-9198. M-Th 11AM-10PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 10AM-11PM. Pleasant, conventional, and ungreasy pizza for low prices.
- Mr. Falafel, 226 7th Ave (between 3rd and 4th Sts; Subway: F/G trains to 7th Ave), ☎ +1 718 768-4961. 11AM-11PM daily. Delicious Egyptian food for a low price, something of a rarity in Park Slope. Their sandwiches are very good, as is the Kibbeh, but the star of the menu is their lemonade, which is made with rosewater.
- Mr. Wonton, 73 7th Ave (at Berkeley; Subway: 2/3 trains to Grand Army Plaza or B/Q trains to 7th Ave), ☎ +1 718 398-7088. M-Th 11:30AM-11PM, Sa 11:30AM-11:30PM, Su 11AM-11:30PM. Another Chinese eatery, though the dishes here are somewhat different from most. Although they have all the standard stuff, their pork buns cannot be found elsewhere in the neighborhood. The "Chef's Specials" section of the menu really is where the best (and most unique) dishes are.
- Bogota Latin Bistro, 141 5th Ave (at St John's; Subway: M/R trains to Union St, B/Q trains to 7th Ave, or 2/3 trains to Bergen St), ☎ +1 718 230-3805 ([email protected]), . M 5PM-11PM, W-Th 5PM-11PM, F 5PM-1AM, Sa noon-1AM, Su noon-11PM. Pan-Latin cuisine ranging the South American continent with main dishes from Colombia. Full service bar featuring mojitos and imported Latin American beers and wines. Happy hour and live music.
- Bonnie's Grill, 278 5th Ave (at 1st St; Subway: M/R trains to Union St), ☎ +1 718 369-9527. M-Th 5PM-11PM, F 5PM-midnight, Sa 1PM-midnight, Su 1PM-10PM. Serves the best burger in Park Slope, and quite possibly, in all of Brooklyn (it matches Peter Luger's burger). The burgers are spiced nicely, and served alongside nice fries that go well with chipotle mayo. Bonnie's buffalo wings are also something worth savoring.
- The Chip Shop, 383 5th Ave (at 6th St; Subway: F/G trains to 4th Ave or M/R trains to 9th St), ☎ +1 718 832-7701, . M-Th noon-10PM, F noon-11PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-10PM. Serves some of the best English fish and chips outside of the UK.
- Geido Restaurant, 331 Flatbush Ave (at 7th Ave; Subway: B/Q trains to 7th Ave or 2/3 trains to Bergen St or Grand Army Plaza), ☎ +1 718 638-8866. Tu-Th 5:30PM-10:30PM, F-Su 5:30PM-11:15PM. Excellent sushi bar in Prospect Heights.
- Ghenet, 348 Douglass St (at 4th Ave; Subway: M/R trains to Union St), ☎ +1 718 230-4475, . M 5PM-10PM, Tu-Th 5PM-10:30PM, F 5PM-11PM, Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-10:30PM. Delicious Ethiopian food. Try kitfo or the gored-gored, or, if raw meat isn't to your taste, try any of the more conventional Ethiopian offerings. They have set plates that are good, but can be somewhat limiting.
- Moim, 206 Garfield Pl (at 7th Ave; Subway: 2/3 trains to Grand Army Plaza or B/Q trains to 7th Ave), ☎ +1 718 499 8092 ([email protected], fax: +1 718 499-8093), . Tu 5:30PM-10:30PM, W Noon-3PM and 5:30PM-10:30PM, Th-F noon-3PM and 5:30PM-11PM, Sa noon-4:30PM and 5:30PM-11PM, Su noon-4:30PM and 5:30PM-10:30PM. Delicious modern Korean food. Although probably not terribly authentic, as the food here is rather haute, it is still delicious and worth the price. As is usual in Korean restaurants, the bulgogi is a good bet, but the grilled squid and the vegetable noodles are excellent as well.
- Oshima, 71 7th Ave (at Berkeley; Subway 2/3 trains to Grand Army Plaza or B/Q trains to 7th Ave), ☎ +1 718 783-1888, . M-Th noon-3PM and 5PM-11PM, F noon-3PM and 5PM-midnight, Sa 1PM-midnight, Su 1PM-11PM. Delicious sushi. Their best sushi is their rolls, although their individual pieces are good, and the sushi plates are a decent deal.
- Press 195, 195 5th Ave (Between Berkeley and Union; Subway: M/R trains to Union St), ☎ +1 718 857-1950, . M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su noon-10PM. Serves 30 unique panini (including the ability to create your own panino) in a high end style. Press 195 has a fantastic outside seating area that is ideal for enjoying great sandwiches on a sunny day. Cash only.
- Yamato, 168 7th Ave (between Garfield and 1st; Subway: 2/3 trains to Grand Army Plaza, F/G trains to 7th Ave, or B/Q trains to 7th Ave), ☎ +1 718 840-0099. M-Th noon-3PM and 5PM-11PM, F noon-3PM and 5PM-midnight, Sa noon-midnight, Su 1PM-11PM. Similar to Oshima, although their rolls are different.
- Barbes, 376 9th St (at 6th Ave; Subway: F/G trains to 7th Ave or M/R/D late night/N late night trains to 9th St), ☎ +1 347 422-0248, . M-Th 5PM-2AM, F-Sa noon-4AM, Su noon-2AM. A truly wonderful neighborhood bar and live music venue. Barbes tends tends to bring in bands that play early swing, Balkan brass bands (which are fabulous), and singer/songwriter types. The shows tend to be very high quality, and the drinks are reasonable, and well made. The help is extremely friendly, and will make you feel at home in no time.
- Buttermilk Bar, 577 5th Ave (at 16th St; Subway: M/R/D late night/N late night trains to Prospect Park), ☎ +1 718 788-6297. 6PM-4AM daily. The main local for South Slope folk. Free pizza on Wednesdays. Sadly, the photo booth has been taken away.
- Commonwealth, 497 5th Ave (at 12th St; Subway: F/G/M/R/D late night/N late night trains to 4th Ave-9th St). M-F 6PM-4AM, Sa-Su 3PM-4AM. A new bar worth looking into in southern Park Slope. Good jukebox.
- Great Lakes, 284 5th Ave (at 1st St; Subway: M/R/D late night/N late night trains to Union St), ☎ +1 718 499-3710. Daily 6PM-4AM. A Park Slope best, but a bit too crowded on the weekends.
- Loki Lounge, 304 5th Ave (at 2nd St; Subway: M/R/D late night/N late night trains to Union St), ☎ +1 718 965-9600, . M-F 3PM-4AM, Sa-Su noon-4AM. A sports bar with a pool table in the front, and a pleasant lounge in the back with many sunken but elegant couches. This lounge has a good atmosphere for a date or a group of friends almost any size.
- Patio Lounge, 179 5th Ave (at Berkeley/Sackett; Subway: M/R/D late night/N late night trains to Union St), ☎ +1 718 857-3477, . Su-Th 5PM-2AM, F-Sa 5PM-4AM. A wine bar that makes a great sangria. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and the music is soft enough to allow talking. On the weekends there is a DJ providing an eclectic mix of music. Out back there is a very nice garden area that is especially tempting during the warmer months. The best part is that they will even let you order take out to the bar and eat it out back! Patio only serves wine, beer and sake, but if you are looking for something with more of a kick ask for the Japanese "rice vodka".
- Southpaw, 125 5th Ave (between Sterling and St. Johns; Subway: 2/3 trains to Bergen St, B/Q trains to 7th Ave, or M/R/D late night/N late night trains to Union St), ☎ +1 718 230-0236, . M-Th 8PM-2AM, F-Sa 8PM-4AM. Park Slope music venue.
- Tea Lounge, 837 Union St (at 7th Ave; Subway: 2/3 trains to Grand Army Plaza, B/Q trains to 7th Ave, or M/R/D late night/N late night trains to Union St), ☎ +1 718 789-2762, . M-Th 7AM-1AM, F 7AM-2AM, Sa 8AM-2AM, Su 8AM-1AM. By now it's a tried and true formula: a big room with lots of thrift-shop couches, an Italian coffee machine and the expertise to use it to make a well crafted mocha. Pastries, bagels, wine, hard liquor, smoothies. Throw in cool ceiling fans and free wireless internet access and you're set for a great morning windup to NYC sightseeing. $2 regular coffee is just the bonus.
- Total Wine Bar, 74 5th Ave (at St. Marks; Subway: 2/3 trains to Bergen St, D/M/N/R trains to Pacific St, or 4/5/B/Q trains to Atlantic Ave), ☎ +1 718 783-5166 ([email protected]), . M-Th 6PM-1AM, F 6PM-2AM, Sa 3PM-2AM, Su 3AM-1AM. A very upscale but reasonably priced wine bar that also serves fine cheeses among other small plates. The atmosphere is excellent for a date or just a great place to hang out with a few friends. It is not particularly conducive to larger groups however.
- Bed and Breakfast on the Park, 113 Prospect Park W (between 6th and 7th Sts; Subway: F/G trains to 7th Ave), ☎ +1 718 499-6115, .
- Brooklyn Backpackers, 65 4th Ave (between Bergen and St Mark's; Subway: D/M/N/R trains to Pacific St, 2/3/4/5/B/Q trains to Atlantic Ave, or 2/3 trains Bergen St; LIRR: Flatbush Ave). Located above the Cherry Tree bar. Ideal for those on a budget. $25 per night.
- Brooklyn Public Library (Central Library), 10 Grand Army Plaza (Subway: 2/3 trains to Grand Army Plaza or B/Q trains to 7th Ave), ☎ +1 718 230-2100, . M 9AM-6PM, Tu-Th 9AM-9PM, F 9AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 1PM-5PM.
- Brooklyn Public Library (Pacific branch), 25 4th Ave (at Pacific; Subway: 2/3/4/5/B/Q trains to Atlantic Ave or D/M/N/R trains to Pacific St; LIRR: Flatbush Ave), ☎ +1 718 638-1531, . M-Tu 10AM-6PM, W 1PM-8PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
- Brooklyn Public Library (Park Slope branch), 431 6th Ave (between 8th and 9th Sts; Subway: F/G trains to 7th Ave or M/R trains to 9th St), ☎ +1 718 832-1853, . Closed for renovation.
- Brooklyn Public Library (Windsor Terrace branch), 160 E 5th St (at Fort Hamilton Pkwy; Subway: F/G trains to Fort Hamilton Pkwy), ☎ +1 718 686-9707, . M 1PM-8PM, Tu-W 10AM-6PM, Th 1PM-6PM, F 10AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-5PM.
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