Park Slope Neighborhood Review - Brooklyn Moving Guide

Ruth Shin

Ruth Shin

CITY

Park Slope, Brooklyn NY
Editors Rating (3.5 stars out of 5)
7.0 Overall
Average Rent Prices 5
Public transportation 8
Schools 8
Lifestyle 9
Crime 5

Park Slope is a quintessential family-friendly hip Brooklyn neighborhood.

It's undergone a unique gentrification process that didn't really involve the usual migration of artists, but rather Manhattanites who saw the historic townhouses as deals in the 80's.

This movement towards the Slope began to skyrocket in the 90's and into the early 2000's.

In this Park Slope neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent, and home sale prices.

Why do people move here?

How about the close proximity to Prospect Park, the great schools, the beautiful tree-lined streets, the multitude of restaurants and shops lining the avenues, and the general hustle and bustle of an urban environment.

Shop at the huge farmers market on Saturdays at Grand Army Plaza, go running in the park, or enjoy any of the numerous street fairs taking place when the weather is great.

There's never a dull moment in Park Slope, between the Prospect Park Zoo, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, the Armory at the YMCA, and the Puppetworks Theater.

There's a great nightlife as well with dozens of bars and music venues to choose from, especially in South Slope, where the demographic tends to be younger with more singles. It's a large territory with much to be experienced.

Fun Fact: In the early 1980's, former president Barack Obama lived in a top-floor brownstone on second street in Park Slope with his girlfriend at the time, Genevieve Cook.

Local Buzz

Celebrities that lives in Park Slope neighborhood:

CelebrityNotes
Maggie GyllenhaalActress
John TurturroActor, Writer, Filmmaker
Steve BuscemiActor, Director
Patrick StewartActor

Public Transportation

Around the neighborhood, you'll find access to multiple trains and buses, with convenient commutes into the city and other parts of Brooklyn.

Citi-bike stations are scattered all throughout the area as well.

Although, not quite as bike-friendly as some other neighborhoods, it is Brooklyn so there is a fair amount of cyclists.

While getting around by car might convenient, traffic and parking can be major issues in the Slope.

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SubwayF, G, D, R, F, G, 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q,
BusesB41, B61, B63, B65, B69, B67, B103

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • N Q R

    BMT Broadway Line

  • B D

    IND Sixth Avenue Line

Average Rent Prices Review

The northern areas of Park Slope and by Prospect Park West (kind of like the Brooklyn version of Central Park West) can command fairly high rents.

You might be able to find better deals in South Slope (particularly below 10th Street) and closer to Fourth Avenue, where you are bordering by Gowanus, although Gowanus has gotten very pricey as well.

It's very difficult to find good no-fee apartments in Park Slope due to the high demand. The vast majority of units are going to entail a brokers fee.

Studio1 Bedroom2 Bedrooms3 Bedrooms
$2,060$2,570$3,230$4,100

Public & Charter Schools

Park Slope is located within Brooklyn school district 15, with the exception of a small area of North Park Slope that belongs to district 13.

The biggest draw for families to this area is the excellent public schools, particularly the elementary and middle schools.

Because of the number of excelling public schools, this neighborhood hasn't demonstrated a huge need for charter schools, so you won't see any in this area, although there are charter choices around the rest of district 15.

If public or charter schools are not your thing, there are also a number of choice private schools in the area like the Berkeley Carroll School and Poly Prep.

SchoolsNotes
Millennium Brooklyn High SchoolPublic - Grades 9-12
565 students - Unknown student/teacher
Ms 266 Park Place Community Middle SchoolPublic - Grades 6-8
131 students - 16 student/teacher
Ms 51 William AlexanderPublic - Grades 6-8
1124 students - 17 student/teacher
P.S.10 Magnet School for Math Science & Design TechnologyPublic - Grades PK-5
1071 students - 12 student/teacher
Ps 107 John W KimballPublic - Grades K-5
569 students - Unknown student/teacher
Ps 124 Silas B DutcherPublic - Grades PK-5
348 students - 13 student/teacher
Ps 133 William A ButlerPublic - Grades PK-5
554 students - 9 student/teacher
Ps 282 Park SlopePublic - Grades PK-8
700 students - 19 student/teacher
Ps 321 William PennPublic - Grades K-5
1471 students - 15 student/teacher
Ps 39 Henry BristowPublic - Grades PK-5
408 students - Unknown student/teacher
Ps 77Public - Grades K-2, 4, 6-9, 12
293 students - 4 student/teacher
Secondary School for JournalismPublic - Grades 9-12
289 students - 13 student/teacher
Secondary School for LawPublic - Grades 9-12
358 students - 13 student/teacher

Restaurants

The sheer size of the neighborhood and foot traffic make this a very conducive environment for a thriving retail and restaurant scene.

While not every establishment you walk into is going to be five-stars, you can find an amazing array of excellent restaurants--anything from Italian to Indian, or Korean to Israeli.

There are also no shortage of delectable bakery choices and hopping brunch spots. Some notables are Talde, Sushi Katsuei, Al Di La Trattoria, Rose Water, Stone Park Cafe, and Bricolage.

How Safe is the Park Slope Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 5 of 10

Approximately 13.6551 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents

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