Park Slope is roughly bounded by Prospect Park West to the east, Fourth Avenue to the west, Flatbush Avenue to the north, and 15th Street to the south, though other definitions are sometimes offered. Seventh Avenue and Fifth Avenue are its primarily commercial streets, while its east-west side streets are populated by many historic brownstones.
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 Conservatory of Music, and the Central Library (as well as the Park Slope branch).
Park Slope is considered one of New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods. In 2010, it was ranked #1 in New York by New York Magazine citing its quality public school, dining, nightlife, shopping, access to public transit, green space, quality housing, safety, and creative capital, among other aspects.
It was named one of the “Greatest Neighborhoods in America” by the American Planning Association in 2007, “for its architectural and historical features and its diverse mix of residents and businesses, all of which are supported and preserved by its active and involved citizenry. “
In December 2006, Natural Home magazine named Park Slope one of America’s ten best neighborhoods based on criteria including parks, green spaces, and neighborhood gathering spaces; farmer’s markets and community gardens; public gardens; public transportation and locally-owned businesses; and environmental and social policy.