Map and Photos of Park Slope Park Slope is characterized by its historic buildings, top-rated restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as close access to Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library. It is also ideally located for commuting into Manhattan via subway, bike, or car, or further out onto Long Island via the LIRR terminal at Atlantic Avenue.
Major shopping districts are along 7th Avenue and Fifth Avenue. Fifth Avenue, in particular, has seen a real turnaround in the last decade, and is now home to a lot of very nice shops and restaurants. The Park Slope Food Co-Op, a neighborhood institution for nearly four decades, as well as the year-round Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, provide alternatives to grocery-store shopping.
Park Slope is also known for a (sometimes overzealously) family-friendly environment as well as an extreme lack of on-street parking. The parking is so bad that a recent study of traffic in the neighborhood found that 45% of the traffic was generated by people circling blocks trying to find a parking space. Local wits have suggested re-naming the neighborhood "No Park Slope" or "Double Park Slope." A DOT survey found that Park Slope residents spend an average of 27 minutes looking for a parking space.
Exteriors and interiors in Park Slope are used for many movies, TV shows and commercials, including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Squid and the Whale, Rounders, Ugly Betty, and Duplex, to name a few. The Squid and the Whale includes a fairly typical looking-for-parking scene.
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