A Guide of Park Slope & Gowanus

Although a bit further than Downtown Brooklyn, both Park Slope and Gowanus are worth the extra adventure into this notable borough. You will be far away from the tourist attractions and introduced to authentic and interesting areas throughout these two neighborhoods. From the art scenes to the dining and drink scenes, Park Slope and Gowanus provides more than enough options for an enjoyable visit. 


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There are a plethora of art spaces throughout the Park Slope and Gowanus area. For a gallery and exhibition space, consider viewing Downstairs Projects, ArtStudio RedKatArt, J K Flynn Co., 440 Gallery, OSSAM Gallery, Ground Floor Gallery, Ethan Pettit Gallery, Brooklyn Art Space/ Trestle Projects and many more.  Keep up to date with the Park Slope Windsor Terrace Artists for upcoming shows and exhibitions, typically planned during the summer months. The Brooklyn Museum is well worth a visit, as it holds roughly 1.5 million works, being the third largest museum in New York City. The Prospect Park Bandshell is an outdoor concert venue that hosts events such as the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Summer Concert Series throughout the months of May through September. The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are also located in Prospect Park, where seasonal exhibits are often offered on top of the blooming flowers and beautiful gardens.


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There are numerous cultural artifacts and museums throughout Park Slope & Gowanus. Park Slope is home to the Greenwood Cemetary, where Leonard Bernstein, one of the most sought-after music conductors in the world during the 1960’s, is resting. Park Slope is also home to the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a New York City-based archive, community center, and museum dedicated to preserving lesbian history as well as The American History Workshop, where interpretive exhibitions, interpretive art, and programs are strategically crafted by creative Historians. Prospect Park in itself is full of historical landmarks, including Lefferts Historic House, Dongan Oak Monument, Meadowport Arch, Bartel-Pritchard Circle Columns, Cleft Ridge Span, and Litchfield VillaThe Brooklyn Ethical Culture Society focuses on hosting socially-conscious lectures and concerts in Prospect Park. You won’t be able to miss The Old Stone House in Washington Park, bringing you back to the battle of Brooklyn and the Dutch colonial era.


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Good eats consume Park Slope and Gowanus. If you are browsing down 7th Avenue, you may want to consider Papi’s Grill or Fonda for extensive Mexican cuisine, Talde for Asian fare with a twist or either Rice Thai Kitchen or Jai Dee for Thai dishes. 5th Avenue provides even more options, from affordable Vietnamese fare at Saigon on 5th, farm-to-table, and pizzas or “not pizza” options at Gristmill, Turkish and Central Asian fare at Nargis Bar and Grille, Middle Eastern at Miriam, or French pastries and bread at Du Jour Bakery. Make the journey over to Park Slope South and grab literal fresh out of the oven pastries, bagels, omelets or wraps for breakfast or lunch at Baked in Brooklyn, where you are able to watch the bakers at work. Going down to 3rd Avenue in Gowanus, if you thrive off of change, The Pines, a cash-only, daily menu restaurant might be your place. Oaxaca provides fresh and tasty tacos that can be brought across the street to enjoy with beers at Mission Dolores and Littleneck offers lobster rolls for brunch. Looking for Southern-style barbecue? Both Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue will satisfy your inner carnivore. Lastly, to satisfy your chocolate-loving sweet tooth, the Chocolate Room of Fifth Avenue has got you covered (in layers and layers of chocolate).


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Both Park Slope and Gowanus offer an ample amount of bar options for drinking and socializing. If you’re looking to try new and authentic beers, try the Beer Table, or if you are craving a game of pool, darts or shuffleboard, The Dram Shop will suffice. Bocce courts? The library-themed Union Hall‘s got you covered. Greenwood Park is a large indoor and outdoor beer garden in a restored gas station venue while Strong Rope Brewery is a smaller venue for beers and conversation. Threes Brewing also provides ample amounts of space both indoor and outdoor for a laid-back, large-group hang. In Gowanus, Mission Dolores is a great indoor and outdoor space for some boozin’, and the High Dive will take you back to the ’90s. The Bell House, a former warehouse converted into a bar and live performance space acts as a great club alternative. If you are looking for a club, consider Ultraviolet, a 3-floor, violet-lit dance part with worldly beats.



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Whether you’re on the hunt for that new Friday night outfit, that Sunday morning Brunch, or a groovy vintage item that you didn’t know you needed, head to Park Slope and Gowanus for a unique shopping experience, unlike one you would get in Manhattan. For an unconventional boutique with both local and international up-and-coming designers try Bird. Cog & Pearl offers hand-crafted works and Cozbi handmade women’s clothing. Let your inner imagination and your alter ego shine at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., which actually acts as a storefront for 826NYC, a nonprofit dedicated to advocating the power of writing to students between the ages of 6 and 18 years old. Grab both new and vintage at Eponymy, or stick to strictly sixties at Guvnor’s Vintage Thrift. Need a breather? The Community Bookstore has offered a great selection of reads since 1971. If you are looking to window shop and store-hop, a walk down Fifth Avenue will satisfy your shopping bug. You can access a map of all shopping in the area on parkslopefifthavenuebid.com/maps to plan your day.


Most times, there is nothing to lose when you decide to go off of the beaten path to experience new neighborhoods and activities. To explore more of Brooklyn with a reliable and knowledgeable guide, consider either our Brooklyn Walking Tour or our I Love Brooklyn Sprinter Van Tour to see the most of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods including Williamsburg, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights and more. If you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions, and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on www.harlemspirituals.com or contact us at info@harlemspirituals.com.





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