New York Buzz: What to See and Do in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Looking to get away from the energy of midtown Manhattan? NYC & Company, New York City’s official tourism organization, has named Park Slope, Brooklyn, as its latest Neighborhood in the Neighborhood x Neighborhood campaign, and has shared some activities and attractions in the area.  
 
Conveniently located by nearly 10 subway lines, Park Slope is easily accessible from any part of New York City and is a good place to unwind for an afternoon.


 
Cultural Organizations and Parks:
·         A performing arts and education organization, Brooklyn Arts Exchange presents over 50 performances each season in its intimate theater. In January, its artists-in-residence program presents AIR Works in Progress Showcase, a series that shares the artists’ journey as they prepare for their final show.
·         Founded in 1897 as a formal conservatory, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music continues to offer education programs in addition to community concerts.
·         Located in Washington Park, Old Stone House is a replica of a 17th-century Dutch stone farmhouse and serves as a museum commemorating the history of Brooklyn during the colonial period and Revolutionary War.
·         At nearly 600 acres, Prospect Park has everything from a zoo and botanic garden to horseback riding and ice-skating at the recently opened LeFrak Center at Lakeside. 
·         Puppetworks presents classic fairy tales like Pinocchio and Hansel and Gretel. This January, they perform Goldilocks & the 3 Bears and Cinderella.
 
Dining and Nightlife:
·         A family-owned restaurant, al di la Trattoria serves Northern Italian dishes including Swiss chard and ricotta gnocchi with brown butter and sage, and spaghetti with clams. 
·         Making hand-rolled, old-style bagels for nearly 30 years, Bagel Hole serves the quintessential New York–style bagels in 10 flavors including sesame, wheat and cinnamon raisin.
·         Named after a northern Paris neighborhood known for its music scene, Barbès is a bar and performance space with entertainment options that include DJs, live bands, book readings and movie screenings.
·         A retail cheese and provisions shop, BKLYN Larder prides itself on its high quality homemade prepared foods and hard-to-find specialty food items.
·         A chocolate boutique and dessert café specializing in all things chocolate, The Chocolate Room serves chocolate fondue and brownie sundaes as well as chocolate layer cake and chocolate chip cookies.
·         For traditional urban Mexican food served with sophistication, Park Slope residents head to Fonda where the acclaimed chef Roberto Santibañez changes the menu seasonally.
·         New Yorkers from all five boroughs go to Franny’s for their chewy, thin-crust pizzas; seasonal appetizers; and a good range of wine, cocktails and beer.
·         Rumored to have some of the best coffee in Brooklyn, Gorilla Coffee is a lively coffee shop on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Park Place.
·         Grand Central Oyster Bar recently opened a location in Park Slope, serving fresh seafood, soups, stews and pan roasts.
·         A sports bar with a roof deck upstairs and a concert venue downstairs, The Rock Shop offers trivia and karaoke throughout the week. 
·         Open for nearly 14 years, Rose Water is a cozy spot with seasonal American food like grilled pork loin and beer-steamed littleneck clams.
·         Transformed from an old warehouse to a cozy bar, restaurant and live music venue, Union Hall also has two bocce courts and outdoor garden seating during the warmer months.
 
Retailers:
·         A superhero supply store selling capes, x-ray goggles and secret identity items, Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company doubles as a front to 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring center.
·         Open since 1971, Community Bookstore is one of Brooklyn’s oldest independent book vendors. 
·         From rock and roll to classic apparel, Guvnor’s Vintage Apparel sells an array of top-of-the-line vintage and secondhand clothing for men and women.
·         A neighborhood staple for music lovers, Music Matters sells CDs and vinyl albums with a concentration on indie rock. New albums arrive each week, and the owner will order anything not in stock.
·         For nearly 12 years, Premium Goods has been selling limited-edition, retro and cutting-edge shoes, in addition to street wear and outerwear.
·         A high-end resale shop, Two Lovers sells blouses, dresses, skirts, suits, jewelry, hats and more for women and girls.  
 
Visitors looking to experience more of Park Slope can extend their stay at one of the nearby hotels. Options include Hotel Le Bleu, a contemporary 48-room boutique hotel, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites Brooklyn.

For more information about what to do and see in Park Slope, visit nycgo.com/neighborhoods.