Park Slope is one of several desirable neighborhoods in Brooklyn’s so-called Brownstone Belt, a ring of neighborhoods in the borough whose residential structures consist largely of similar (or identical) red-brick townhouses built between 1840 and 1900. In highly desirable Park Slope, that means a choice between full houses, many of which offer a startling amount of space over several floors, and smaller apartments and co-ops carved out of these larger homes. The recent surge of interest in Brooklyn and Park Slope also means that there are some new-construction condos available, offering units that compensate for their lack of a period charm with modern amenities and design. One excellent feature of living in residential Brooklyn is that many Park Slope homes include some outdoor space, whether a patio, balcony, or in some cases, a full yard.
Park Slope is easily accessible from several subway lines, nearly all of which ferry passengers into Manhattan. F and G trains stop at Fourth Avenue-Ninth Street and Seventh Avenue, near Prospect Park. R trains stop at Union Street, Fourth Avenue-Ninth Street, and Prospect Avenue. Finally, on the north side of the neighborhood, 2 and 3 trains stop at Bergen Street and Grand Army Plaza. There are plenty of good ways to get to work in the city if you live in Park Slope. And as for getting around Brooklyn itself, taxis and Ubers are plentiful, and it’s a great neighborhood to ride a bike in.
As you’d expect of a neighborhood popular with families, Park Slope is flush with excellent schools. Public options here are plentiful and highly regarded, with a number of schools — including PS 39 Henry Bristow, PS 107 John W. Kimball, MS 51 William Alexander, and PS 321 William Penn — earning 10 out of 10 scores on GreatSchools.com. Private options in the neighborhood include the preK-12 Berkeley Carroll School, preK-8 Park Slope Christian Academy, and the preK-12 Poly Prep.
They don’t call it Park Slope for nothing: the neighborhood sits on gently tilting land just in the shadow of Prospect Park, a sprawling and leafy expanse of green. If you love field sports, warm-weather picnics, dog runs, or simply just wandering around on tree-shaded paths, Park Slope is an excellent place to live. Lots of neighborhoods offer nearby urban parks, but Prospect Park ranks among those few in New York — including Central Park and Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx — so big as to reward virtually endless exploration.
Restaurants and Bars
In Park Slope, family-friendliness doesn’t come at the cost of great places to eat and drink. To walk down Fifth Avenue is to parade past excellent eateries, from the Northern Italian delicacies of al di la trattoria to the mouth-watering short ribs and pork chops at Stone Park Cafe. All the essential New York staples — Thai, Indian, Two Boots Pizza — are here, along with a smattering of late-night options. And if you need to sneak out of the house and share a pint with actual adults, you can’t find a nicer neighborhood tavern than Park Slope’s Mission Dolores or The Gate.
Once again, Park Slope manages to fit a surprising amenity into its laid-back vibe: great shopping. You won’t have to go to Manhattan or even Downtown Brooklyn to find striking clothing (see Bird), artisanal homewares (Homebody Boutique is the place), or an excellent thrift store (just go to Life Emporium). Community Bookstore is a local treasure that’s been around since 1971. And for life’s other essentials, there’s the Park Slope Food Co-Op, Union Market, and a C-Town Supermarket, among other nearby retailers.
Landmarks and Culture
Living Park Slope puts you close to some of the best cultural offerings and landmarks in Brooklyn. Prospect Park is home to number of major destinations, including the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo.  Professional sporting events and concerts take place just down the street at Barclays Center, and the New York Transit Museum is a great place to take cabin-feverish kids on a snowy winter day. All those attractions, plus the movie theaters, museums, and cultural centers of greater Brooklyn, mean you’d have to try really hard to get bored living here.