Park Slope A to Z

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AT FIRST I THOUGHT this was going to be a hopelessly random post, a mash-up of recent photos I wanted to share but that had no particular organizing principle. Only when I looked at them all together I realized the bay windows, stained glass, and carriage houses do have something in common. They’re all in Park Slope!

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Park Slope, Brooklyn’s biggest brownstone neighborhood — in fact, the largest concentration of 19th century housing stock in the entire country, I once read — is many things. Here are some of them, in alphabetical order:

annoying, beautiful, congested (in spots), Democratic, elegant, fucked, Gold Coast, historic, intense, jogger-laden, kid-happy, left-wing, mansion-infested, novelist-ridden, overpriced, parking nightmare, quiet at night, restaurant-challenged, self-satisfied, top-of-the-market, unfazed, Victorian, wifi-ful, xpanding, yoga-friendly, and zealous about its food coop rules.

(I can’t believe I managed to come up with 26 alphabetical adjectives — if you can do better on any of them, feel free. Click on “[#of] comments” in tiny type under the post headline above, and a form will open up for your comment. I know, WordPress doesn’t make it easy.)

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I’ve never lived in Park Slope, though I’ve long admired its varied architecture, and envied its proximity to Prospect Park and the Botanic Gardens. And, of course, I wish I had had the foresight to snatch up some of those brownstones when they were cheap (I’m wincing, recalling a 5-story house with a mansard roof on the corner of Sixth Avenue and a North Slope block — Lincoln Place, maybe — for $150,000…Would somebody please KICK ME NOW?!)

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Anyway, now that I’m in neighboring Prospect Heights, I find myself in the Slope more often. I’m getting familiar with certain blocks I trod on my way home from the Fifth Avenue bus.

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The list of places I want to try/hang out is growing…Cafe Regular, Juventino…and many of them are in the Slope. It’s like discovering a new continent, that’s how vast it seems to an outlander. And with such architectural riches, it could take a long time to get bored.

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About cara

I blog for fun here at casaCARA, and write about architecture, interiors, gardens and travel for many national magazines and websites. My recently published posts and articles can be found here: https://casacara.wordpress.com/recent-articles/
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4 Responses to Park Slope A to Z

  1. Jo says:

    Do you remember where #4 – über cute carriage WITH curb cut – was located at?

    Reminds me of one on Pacific St – I know you know it – between Court and Clinton, across from the white carriage house and Rod/Gun Club, past the Parking Club IIRC.

    No doubt it would be way overpriced if it ever did come to market, who doesn’t love the idea of a modest carriage house (WITH curb cut). In a perfect world…

  2. cara says:

    hi Jo, Prospect Pl between 6th & 7th is my best guess. Yeah, that curb cut is a real luxury. But if I owned a carriage house, I’m not sure I’d want to use the space for a car.

  3. Coppermaven says:

    Love the A to Z! I might have used pretentious parents for the P tho’

  4. Jo says:

    True, True. I’ve been in Brooklyn eleven years, and haven’t kept a car here since fall 2001. Yet its still enticing. One of those things where the prospect is more alluring than the reality.

    IIRC the carriage house at 6 Grace Court Alley (listed @ 2.7) has room for three cars. Doubtful it has any in a few years, post reno.

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