Brooklyn, New York 11215
With Classic Brownstones and Wide Leafy Streets, Brooklyn's Lovely Park Slope Neighborhood is Safe and Inviting
Called one of America's best neighborhoods, Park Slope has been on the rise since the 1950s. Marked by classic brownstones, wide streets, and green space, it's a slice of peace in one of the world's noisiest places (New York City). This easygoing residential haven is roughly flanked by Prospect Pack to the east, Fourth Avenue to the west, Flatbush Avenue to the north, and Prospect Expressway to the south. About 62,000 people live here.
Surrounding neighborhoods include the up and coming Gowanus, the slightly more affluent Carroll Gardens, the middle class Fort Greene, Prospect Heights, and Sunset Park. With its wealth of farm-to-table restaurants, fair trade coffee shops, book cafes, wine bars and breweries, Park Slope is the place many people want to be.
Prospect Park is the lifeblood of the area. A later collaboration of Central Park designers Olmsted and Vaux, the 526-acre green space is open for biking, jogging and picnics next to Brooklyn's only lake. The park has a zoo, skating complex, tennis center and is part of the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway.
Locals have many more things to keep them busy. There's a food co-op, volunteer ambulance corp, soup kitchen, and CSA. The Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music make their homes here. A wealth of churches grace the area, too. Almost any denomination can find a place to worship.
Neighborhood architecture is dominated by brick and brownstone row houses. The inside of most of these homes have the luxurious feel of the mid-19th century middle class. A Park Slope brownstone can be one of the most expensive purchases in Brooklyn. Some command as much as $3 million dollars or more. Median home prices hover around $930,000, with some studio apartments starting at around $250,000.
Although Park Slope is definitely an urban enclave, it can also give off a suburban vibe. People feel safe here and are invested in their community. Kids, dog walkers, delivery people, bicyclists, mothers and fathers are out on the streets. Violent crimes per capita are less than that of the city as a whole.
The neighborhood is somewhat diverse. About 70% of inhabitants are middle-age and younger. Politics lean toward the progressive and left.
Neighbors never have to go far to get what they need. Park Slope has a farmers market and community gardens. Places like Union Hall bring people together to play bocce ball, enjoy the latest comic or the city's best new musicians. The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music has a community school that offers classes, ensembles, choruses, and individual lessons for anyone 18 months to 80.
Residents also have access to Brooklyn Library's Park Slope Branch and its Central Branch, where more than a million cataloged books, magazines, and multimedia materials await. The new Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture hosts readings and lectures.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 46 inches of snow and 25 inches of rain per year.
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Population is 2.6 million
Median age is 35
Percentage of population with at least a bachelor's degree or higher is 38%
Estimated median household income is $46,887
Median home value is $755,088
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