In 2010, Park Slope was ranked the #1 neighborhood in New York by New York Magazine, noting the quality of its public schools, shopping, dining and nightlife, access to public transit, green space, safety, and creative capital. Natural Home Magazine also named Park Slope one of America's ten best neighborhoods based on it’s parks and neighborhood gathering spaces, farmer’s markets and community gardens, public transportation as well as neighborhood amenities.
Bound by Prospect Park West, Fourth Avenue, and Prospect Expressway, Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue are its primary commercial streets, while several elegant brownstones with beautiful architectural detail populate its East-West side streets. Park Slope offers a diverse assortment of housing stock, including renovated turn-of-the-century brownstones and townhouses — both single-family and with rental units — as well as artist’s lofts, co-ops and new construction condominium buildings.
In addition to Park Slope’s picturesque historic buildings, the area also features top-rated restaurants, bars, and boutiques, as well as proximity to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum as well as the famed Prospect Park.
Prospect Park, designed by the renowned landscape architects who designed Central Park, is home to Brooklyn’s only forest, a 60-acre lake and the 90-acre Long Meadow, a zoo, an ice-skating rink, and nation’s first urban Audubon Center. Popular activities include pedal boating, picnicking, birding, people watching, running and biking. The Park also features a spectacular array of ecological features, such as meadows, hillsides and a complex water system.
Park Slope offers a variety of engaging, neighborhood-oriented services and activities, creating a strong sense of community among residents. The Park Slope Volunteer Ambulance Corps provides emergency medical services to community members regardless of their ability to pay. The Park Slope Food Co-op on Union Street, a member’s only organization which requires a monthly work commitment to join, was founded in 1973 by a small group of neighbors committed to making healthy, affordable food available for all.