The Park Slope Food Co-op at 782 Union Street (between 7th and 6th Avenues), which started in 1973, is one of the oldest and largest (10,000-plus members) such co-operative in the country. You may visit the store (ask at the front for someone to show you around) — but only members may shop! Greeter’s Secret: Just beyond the Co-op is The Gingko Leaf (788A Union Street), a lovely Japanese shop and restaurant set in a peaceful indoor garden. Across the street is the Tea Lounge (837 Union Street), a large, comfortable place serving more than 80 kinds of tea! Coffee is also served. 10
The huge 19th century Ansonia Clock Factory, located on 7th Avenue between 12th and 13th Streets, in what is now called the South Slope, exemplifies the area’s ongoing gentrification. After shutting down in 1930, the complex deteriorated for decades. In 1982 developers began converting it into co-operative and condominium apartments, a transformation completed only a few years ago. Greeter’s Secret: Across the street from the Ansonia is the Bagel Hole, at 400 7th Avenue. The bagels here are authentic — hard, chewy and delicious — not the puffy, bread-like versions pretending to be bagels now found almost everywhere. 11
The Old Stone House, a Dutch farmhouse built in 1699, is the site of the patriots’ defeat during the Battle of Brooklyn. One of the few remaining vestiges of New York’s revolutionary past, it’s in a playground at 3rd Street between 12
4th and 5th Avenues and contains some fascinating exhibits.
Park Slope is famous locally for its “stoop sales,” the city equivalent of yard sales, every weekend when the weather is good, as well as a large flea market in front of P.S. 321 on 7th Avenue between 1st and 2nd Streets.
Browsers will love Park Slope Books, at 200 7th Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Streets, and
7th Avenue Books, at 300 7th Avenue between 7th and 8th Streets. Both are well stocked with used books.
The Clay Pot, at 162 7th Avenue between Garfield and 1st Streets, is known for its handcrafted pottery and wedding rings.
For attractive vintage clothing there is Beacon’s Closet, 220 5th Avenue between Union and President Streets.
For top-quality, few-of-a kind items, try Castor & Pollux 671⁄2 6th Avenue between Flatbush Avenue and Bergen Street), near the Bergen Street subway stop.
Patrias, at 167 5th Avenue between St. John’s Place and Lincoln Place, is a small shop bursting with colorful Latin American folk art, jewelry and ceramics.
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