Brooklyn's Gold Coast The Rise and Fall-and Rise-of Park Slope

There will always be those who insist that if they can’t live in Manhattan, they would rather not live in New York City at all. They feel that Manhattan is the one true New York and that the outer boroughs are remote hinterlands barely fit for human habitation.

These people have never visited Park Slope.

Nudging up under the south side of Prospect Park, an average of four subway stops into Brooklyn, Park Slope has become one of the few "new" fashionable neighborhoods to escape being labeled with a clever acronym. (At least for now, no one’s rushing to start calling it "ParSlo" or "PaSlop.") Here, students live in brownstone row houses alongside young families just starting out, wealthy professionals escaping the crush and noise of Manhattan, and elderly residents who’ve been in "The Slope" all their lives. On any given Saturday morning, 7th Avenue buzzes with activity: Baseball-capped moms push state-of-the-art strollers, couples sip chai in one of a half-dozen cozy coffee shops, and dogs give each other the eye as their owners pause to chat. Park Slope is enjoying a renaissance of sorts. It’s convenient, desirable, attractive, and (compared to Manhattan) affordable.

But this has not always been–and may not always be – the case.

The Evolution of a Neighborhood

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