PARK SLOPE


Park Slope


A well-mannered family friendly oasis at the peak of the organic food pyramid.

Park Slope is an idyllic Brooklyn neighborhood complete with immaculately maintained brownstones and well-behaved children. The families and professionals that share Park Slope are savvy and eco-friendly big-city dwellers with a refined neighborly sensibility. Easily accessible and self-sufficient, Park Slope’s main avenues are filled with boutiques, restaurants, and bars serving a crowd that expects nothing less than the crème de la crème.

Park Slope is within Brooklyn and bordered by Windsor Terrace, Greenwood Heights, Boerum Hill, Gowanus, Prospect Heights, Fort Greene, and Downtown Brooklyn


JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
LaGuardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 48 minutes by subway 
Wall Street / Financial District: 27 minutes by subway


Transportation


The neighborhood is well-served by the New York City Subway. The IND Culver Line (F G trains) runs along Ninth Street, a main shopping street, stopping at Fourth Avenue, Seventh Avenue and 15th Street – Prospect Park/Prospect Park West. The IRT Eastern Parkway Line (2 3 4 5 trains) runs under Flatbush Avenue with an express stop at Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center, and local stops (served by the 2 3 4 trains) at Bergen Street and Grand Army Plaza. The BMT Fourth Avenue Line's local trains (D N R trains) serve Prospect Avenue, Ninth Street, and Union Street stations, with the D N R trains all serving Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center, an express station. The BMT Brighton Line (B Q trains) also passes through the neighborhood under Flatbush Avenue making stops at Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center and Seventh Avenue. All three stations at Atlantic Avenue are connected to each other.

Additionally, several MTA New York City Transit bus routes serve the area, including the B61, B63, B67, and B69.


Schools


Public schools

Public schools are operated by the New York City Department of Education. Park Slope is in two different community school districts – district 13 and district 15. The border between these two districts is Union Street from Prospect Park West to Sixth Avenue and then President Street from Fourth to Sixth Avenue. North of this border is District 13, south of this border is district 15. Students are zoned to schools for elementary school Both district 13 and district 15 place students in middle school based on the student's ranking of acceptable middle schools; the district 13 portion of Park Slope receives district 15 (not district 13) middle school choice consistent with the rest of the neighborhood. The former John Jay High School is now the John Jay Educational Campus, housing three high schools and one combination middle/high school.
  • K-280, School of Journeys (preK, dist. 15) on Nineteenth Street, between Prospect Park West and Tenth Avenue.
  • PS 10, Magnet School of Math, Science, and Design Technology (K-5, dist. 15) on Seventeenth Street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.
  • PS 39, Henry Bristow School (preK-5, dist. 15) on Sixth Avenue, between Seventh and Eighth Streets.
  • PS 107, John W. Kimball Learning Center (K–5, dist. 15) on Eighth Avenue, between Thirteenth and Fourteenth Streets.
  • PS 118, the Maurice Sendak Community School (preK-5, dist. 15) on Fourth Avenue, between Seventh and Eighth Streets.
  • PS 124, Silas B. Dutcher Elementary School (preK-5, dist. 15) on Fourth Avenue, between Thirteenth and Fourteenth Streets.
  • PS 133, William A. Butler School (preK-5, dist. 13, with admissions open to both dist. 13 and 15) on Fourth Avenue, between Butler and Baltic Streets.
  • PS/MS 282, Park Slope School (preK-8, dist. 13) on Sixth Avenue, between Berkeley Place and Lincoln Place.
  • PS 321, the William Penn School (K-5, dist. 15) on Seventh Avenue, between First and Second Streets.
  • MS 51, William Alexander Middle School (6–8, dist. 15) on Fifth Avenue, between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
  • MS 266, Park Place School (6-8, dist. 13) on Park Place between Fifth and Sixth (temporarily relocated until 2018 to PS 93 in Crown Heights as building is reconstructed)
  • John Jay Educational Campus (formerly John Jay HS, dist. 15), 237 Seventh Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets. The building houses four schools:
    • Park Slope Collegiate (6-12) 
    • Millennium Brooklyn High School (9-12)
    • Secondary School for Journalism (9-12)
    • Secondary School for Law (9-12)

Private schools

  • Beth Elohim Day School (preK-K) on Eighth Avenue and Garfield Place.
  • Berkeley Carroll School (preK–12) on Lincoln Place, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues; Carroll Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues; and President Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.
  • Brooklyn Free School (ages 5–15) on Sixteenth Street, between Fourth and Fifth Avenues. 
  • Chai Tots Preschool Corner of Prospect Park West and 3rd St.
  • Montessori School of New York (ages 2–13) on Eighth Avenue between Carroll and President Streets.
  • Poly Prep's Lower School (part of Poly Prep Country Day School) (PreK-4) on Prospect Park West between First and Second Streets.
  • St. Francis Xavier (Catholic School) (K-8). 763 President St. between 6th & 7th Avenue.
  • St. Saviour Elementary School (Catholic School) (preK-8) 8th Ave between 7th and 8th Street
  • St. Saviour High School (all-girls Catholic School) (9-12) 6th Street between 8th Avenue and Prospect Park West
  • St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy 241 Prospect Park West (preK (age 3)-8)



WINDSOR TERRACE


Windsor Terrace


Bordering Prospect Park, green space, brownstones, and local shops define Windsor Terrace.

Nestled next to the lush greenery of Prospect Park and around the corner from put-together Park Slope, various eateries and a convenient location make Windsor Terrace a family-friendly Brooklyn destination. Unassuming and unpretentious, this neighborhood exudes a laid-back city vibe with a suburban twist.


Windsor Terrace is within Brooklyn and bordered by Flatbush, Greenwood Heights, Kensington, and Park Slope



Laguardia Airport: 20 minutes by cab without traffic
JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 40 minutes by subway
Wall Street / Financial District: 40 minutes by subway


Education


The neighborhood public schools, P.S. 130 Parkside School on Ocean Avenue and P.S. 154 Windsor Terrace School on 11th Avenue, are well regarded. Each school features a number of special enrichment programs for students, such as chess and journalism. Although P.S. 154 initially received a "D" grade under New York City's school grading system introduced in 2007, both public schools received "A" grades in the 2010–11 New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE)

Progress Reports. However, while P.S. 130's rating remained an "A" through the next year, P.S. 154's rating went down to a "C" in 2012, due to its "D" grade in the "Student progress" section, which comprises 60% of the annual progress grade at each school. In 2013–2014, 64% of P.S. 154 students met or exceeded Common Core standards in the English Language Arts (ELA) exams and 65% met or exceeded the standards on the math exams. However, at P.S. 130, just 32% of ELA test-takers met or exceeded standards, and only 41% did so on the math test.

The NYCDOE district in which the schools are operated, District 15, was rezoned in 2014 due to an increased enrollment in the two schools; some students formerly zoned to P.S. 154 are now zoned to P.S. 130. This rezoning proved contentious, with some rezoned students' parents saying that the rezoning requires some students to travel over 0.5 miles (0.80 km) across "two highways" to get to school. In addition, since the rezoning, P.S. 154 has seen an increase in enrollment despite its decreased student catchment area; in 2016–2017, the school had its first-ever student waiting list, amid cuts to the school's pre-kindergarten program.

There is also another public school nearby, P.S. 295 on 18th Street in Park Slope, to accommodate extra students from Windsor Terrace. In the 2012–2013 NYCDOE Progress Report, this school also received an "A", garnering a quality score of 60.2 out of 100.

There are no middle schools in Windsor Terrace proper, but J.H.S. 88 is located on 544 Seventh Avenue in Park Slope. Brooklyn College Academy operates an annex site for freshmen and sophomore high school students at 350 Coney Island Avenue, with the juniors' and seniors' building at Brooklyn College.

The St Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy opened in 2012. This Catholic school is a consolidation of Holy Name of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary's elementary schools into Holy Name's existing infrastructure on 9th Avenue, offering Pre-K(3) to 8th Grade, including Honors Classes and after school programs.  Another Catholic school, Bishop Ford High School, formerly operated at 500 19th Street in Windsor Terrace from 1952 to 2014. It closed in June 2014 due to lowered revenues from declining enrollment, with only 25% of its 2006 enrollment. The former school site is now the location of K280, a pre-kindergarten school.


Transportation


Windsor Terrace is served by the New York City Subway's 15th Street–Prospect Park and Fort Hamilton Parkway stations on the IND Culver Line (now carrying the F G trains). The section of the line containing these two stations opened on October 7, 1933, as part of a "temporary" extension to Church Avenue in Kensington, where it was to have connected with Brooklyn–Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) subway services via a ramp to Ditmas Avenue. The former station, 15th Street, has stone entrances set into the park walls. The latter station, Fort Hamilton Parkway, has a long passageway due to its unusual location under the Prospect Expressway; its three entrances (one on Fort Hamilton Parkway itself, and two on Prospect Avenue) straddle the expressway, which splits the neighborhood in two.

MTA Regional Bus Operations operates bus routes in the area. As of 2016, there are four local bus routes: the B61, B67, B68, and B69. Several express buses and the B103 Limited bus pass through Windsor Terrace without stopping.

As elsewhere in Brooklyn, trolley service, operated by the BMT's rapid transit arm, ran in the neighborhood well into the 1950s and early '60s. The Seventh Avenue Line (now the B67 bus route) was converted from trolley to bus operations in 1951, and a year later, the Vanderbilt Avenue Line (now the B69) was similarly converted. A trolley barn, located between Green-Wood Cemetery and the Prospect Expressway, formerly served the Culver and Crosstown trolley lines on a site where a former federal prison was located during the American Civil War. It was replaced in 1962 by the Bishop Ford High School.

The Prospect Expressway, built between 1953 and 1960, runs through the middle of the neighborhood, with the majority of the neighborhood northeast of the expressway, and a small part of the neighborhood in the southwest connected by various bridges to the northeast section. Some neighborhood streets, such as Greenwood Avenue and Vanderbilt Street, were bisected by the expressway and remain so, while others, such as Seeley Street, 11th Avenue/Terrace Place, and Prospect Park W, are bridged over the highway. A plan to extend the highway along Ocean Parkway was never realized, though Ocean Parkway serves as a service road for the expressway for a short distance in southern Windsor Terrace. In the late 1950s, the Holy Name of Jesus Church led a failed effort to try to reroute the Prospect Expressway elsewhere or cancel the expressway altogether.



GOWANUS


Gowanus

Makeshift art galleries and alternative music venues along an industrial size canal.

In the midst of a dramatic transformation, Gowanus is steadily stockpiling cool art spaces and music venues to counter the unsightliness of its dingy canal and signature scent (not the kind you want to bottle). This neighborhood’s mix of industrial warehouses and modest row homes provide ample real estate options for its growing creative culture. Gowanus’ proclaimed edginess is earned—its underground entertainment scene might be hard to find unless you know where to look.


Gowanus is within Brooklyn and bordered by Greenwood Heights, Red Hook, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, and Carroll Gardens


JFK Airport: 30 minutes by cab without traffic
LaGuardia Airport: 25 minutes by cab without traffic
Times Square: 39 minutes by subway 
Wall Street / Financial District: 26 minutes by subway

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