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Living in Prospect Park South

The Brooklyn neighborhood of Prospect Park South gives residents a rare taste of suburbia in New York City: Large houses with yards are the norm in this charming neighborhood primarily zoned for single-family homes. A smattering of eateries and shopping options along the neighborhood's fringes, though, means locals can find plenty of things to do within walking distance of home.

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Prospect Park also provides quick access to Manhattan via the local Q train, giving residents a serene environment at home but close proximity to the perks of New York City life. With Prospect Park’s sprawling green spaces for recreation and leisure time, the neighborhood also affords locals many of the same perks found in Manhattan’s famous Central Park.

Prospect Park South real estate

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Prospect Park South homes for sale consist of mostly single-family residences evoking a myriad of architectural styles. From Colonial and French Revival to Victorian and Spanish Mission, the charming and immaculate houses include options for every taste. Properties, many with wraparound porches, cozy fireplaces and ample attic space, sit at least 30 feet from the curb on large-for-the-area lots.

For Prospect Park South real estate shoppers wanting something smaller, a handful of brand-new condos and co-ops are available. Highlights include floor-to-ceiling windows, storage space and balconies with expansive views of the treetops stretching across Prospect Park.

Prospect Park South history

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Prospect Park South, considered the center of Victorian Brooklyn, originated in the early 1900s when Dean Alvord designed a six-block-by-two-block grid of elegant residences with mainly Victorian-style influences. Strict zoning policies and limitations on new construction in the subsequent decades kept the neighborhood’s style and atmosphere intact.

With all utilities built underground, minimum quotas for trees planted per property and a distinct collection of architectural wonders, Prospect Park South remains an idyllic New York City neighborhood with one-of-a-kind benefits.

Prospect Park South restaurants

Locals frequent Anarkali Indian Cuisine for its comprehensive menu, relaxing ambience and fast delivery. Most dishes can be made vegan or vegetarian upon request and include popular options like tikka masala, spicy curries and fresh-from-the-oven naan.

Open 24 hours a day, Madina Restaurant and Sweets might look unassuming, but its impressive diversity of freshly made cuisine choices range from Pakistani and Indian to Bangladeshi. The menu combinations, bolstered by breakfast specials and savory desserts, also include a variety of takeout specials for dinner at home.

For a Caribbean take on fast food, you’ll want to dine at Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill. The bustling eatery, which sells bottles of its popular sauces at local restaurants and grocery stores, specializes in island favorites like jerk chicken, braised oxtail and fried plantains. Caribbean holidays like Jamaican Patty Day give the restaurant an excuse to bring in live music and offer free samples to lucky residents, while a community outreach program provides scholarships to local students.

Prospect Park South attractions

Prospect Park, the area’s biggest and most iconic attraction, skirts the neighborhood’s northern boundary and gives locals a variety of outdoor pleasures. Designed by the famous Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux over a period of 30 years in the late 1800s, the park features serene wetlands, meandering pathways and the majority of Brooklyn’s only remaining indigenous forest. With a large zoo, ice rink and countless recreational facilities, the park is also a popular draw for exercise and family-friendly activities.

For fans and players of tennis, the historic Knickerbocker Field Club represents a rare sight in the New York City. Five pristine clay courts sit on the 19th-century grounds surrounded by pristine lawns and an immaculate clubhouse propped up by rounded columns. The club, as if dropped out of the sky, is surrounded by apartments and a subway track, reminding everyone that this extraordinary facility is, in fact, part of New York City.

Prospect Park South shopping

If you’re looking for clothes, toys or home goods to fill up a new property, Bobby’s Department Store sits conveniently in Prospect Park South’s main retail thoroughfare and sells everything from kitchen and dining sets to patio furniture. The store’s cut-rate prices and free delivery make it a popular way to support a local business.

Downtown Natural Market’s combination of organic foods, vitamins and natural body care products attract health-conscious residents of Prospect Park South who stand behind the locally owned store’s vision of donating foods and bringing the community together for environmental causes. Its comprehensive juice bar and fresh kitchen with healthy eats like cranberry salads and pita pockets also provide guilt-free options for food and drinks on-the-go.

Prospect Park South nightlife

The aptly named Hinterland Bar sits one block outside of official Prospect Park South boundaries and gives local residents a go-to watering hole. The interior’s quirky floral wallpaper and book-lined shelves pair nicely with a peaceful outdoor seating area, drawing patrons for cheap happy hour prices and late-night fun until 4 a.m.

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