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As you stroll through Park Slope, you may think you’re in Victorian London. But this is Brooklyn’s largest landmark district, with block after block of stately row houses, shady trees and interesting shops and restaurants. The area’s name derives from Prospect Park, the 526-acre greensward designed by Olmstead and Vaux (who also created Central Park), and the long westward slope down to the Gowanus Canal.

Where is Park Slope?

Park Slope is in south Brooklyn, bounded by Flatbush Avenue to the north, Prospect Avenue to the south, Prospect Park to the east and 4th Avenue to the west.

It’s Easy to Get to Park Slope

Take either the #2 or #3 train from Manhattan’s west side to Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. From the east side, take the #4 or #5 train to Nevins Street in Brooklyn; cross the platform to the #2 or #3 to Grand Army Plaza. Or take the Q train to the 7th Avenue stop in Brooklyn. If you end your visit on 5th Avenue, don’t hike back to Grand Army Plaza. Instead, walk north to Bergen Street, turn right and go up one block. Cross Flatbush Avenue to the Bergen Street station next to the Yummy Taco restaurant and catch the #2 or #3 train to Manhattan.

About Park Slope

Park Slope is one of several neighborhoods including Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill and Fort Greene — collectively known as “Brownstone Brooklyn.” Its history dates back to the nation’s birth. A critical Revolutionary War battle — the Battle of Brooklyn — was fought in what is now Prospect Park on August 27, 1776. The Americans retreated down present-day 1st Street to a farmhouse (see “Things to See and Do”) where the Maryland Volunteers made a last stand against the British. Although the regiment was defeated, it bought enough time for Gen. George Washington to float his troops across the East River that night, preventing an early end to the dream of independence. Like many urban areas, Park Slope declined during the depression and in later years as residents moved to the suburbs. A revival began

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