Living in Windsor Terrace
The Brooklyn enclave of Windsor Terrace evokes a sense of tranquility with its tree-lined streets, quaint coffee shops and access to sprawling Prospect Park, which skirts most of the neighborhood's eastern boundary. With a casual bar scene, quirky boutique shops and organic grocery stores, the mostly residential neighborhood gives its residents plenty to do without straying far from home.
Windsor Terrace also provides convenient access to Manhattan for commutes or nights out on the town; the local G and F trains both take less than 45 minutes to Midtown. The neighborhood's combination of residential charm and New York City perks makes it a popular choice for locals.
Windsor Terrace real estate
Windsor Terrace real estate choices are primarily multi-family townhouses, luxury condos and row houses split into co-ops. The elegant two- and three-story town and row houses, with a range of brick, brownstone and limestone facades, often share quiet courtyards and feature open floor plans with features like bike storage and in-house laundry.
For amenities such as stainless-steel appliances, vaulted ceilings and oversized windows letting in plenty of natural light, Windsor Terrace real estate shoppers should consider the area's condominiums. Units range in size from studios to three-bedroom properties, and often come with private terraces to enjoy the neighborhood's serene atmosphere.
Windsor Terrace history
Named after Windsor, England, the neighborhood of Windsor Terrace first rose to prominence when developer William Bell constructed a series of row houses in the mid-1800s. The new community, which initially welcomed a slow trickle of Irish immigrants, established a public school and fire department by the end of the century.
Windsor Terrace experienced its first sustained period of population growth after 1960 with the completion of Prospect Expressway. Yet the neighborhood continued to retain its residential feel by restricting high-rise buildings in the late 1980s and continues to prioritize peace and quiet for its residents.
Windsor Terrace restaurants
For brick-oven pizza, authentic fresh cuisine and a mouthwatering weekend brunch, locals dine at Le Paddock. The restaurant, which also hosts live music every Wednesday, offers rotating specials throughout the week, like seafood and pizza paired with a popular house wine.
The inviting Hamilton's serves up an eclectic and natural mix of American dishes, including grass-fed burgers, free-range roasted chicken and seared octopus. Their desserts, such as Mason jar lemon tarts and bread pudding, draw rave reviews from the neighborhood. With an expansive happy hour selection, impressive beer and cocktail lists, and quick online ordering, the establishment is a popular hot spot for any occasion.
If you're looking for sustainably sourced health food and freshly ground coffee, the Brooklyn Commune is one of Windsor Terrace's popular community gathering spots. The local cafe's mission of bringing people together is bolstered by recurring movie nights, supper clubs, and partnerships with local artists and organizations. Menu highlights include avocado toast and smoked salmon for breakfast and a range of sandwiches for later in the day, including the house special Commune burger and truffled egg salad.
Windsor Terrace attractions
Greenwood Playground sits in the middle of Windsor Heights and give residents a chance to stretch their legs and meet neighbors. With handball courts, swing sets and plenty of secluded park benches stretching blocks away from the heart of the playground, the area favorite has amenities for both exercising and relaxing.
Contained in a traffic circle on the northern edges of Windsor Terrace, Bartel-Pritchard Square sits as a tribute to two Brooklyn natives killed in combat in World War I. The granite memorial, dating back to 1965, is surrounded by pink flowers in the spring and park benches for people-watching along one of the neighborhood's most popular streets.
Windsor Terrace shopping
Windsor Place Antiques and Ephemera gives new homebuyers in the neighborhood a perfect spot to pick up handmade and creative wares. The shop displays one-of-a-kind artwork along its exposed brick walls and stocks its shelves with vintage typewriters, toys and countless other unexpected items from bygone eras.
Book lovers frequent Terrace Books for the neighborhood's best selection of new and used hardcovers, with a particular specialty in rare and vintage fiction. The cozy confines, which display books on floor-to-ceiling shelves reminiscent of a library, invite authors to discuss their work and sign copies for the community. The bookstore even makes occasional house calls and hosts a weekly story time â€” making it an ever-present center for literature in the community.
Windsor Terrace events
Windsor Terrace beer connoisseurs flock to the annual Beer for Beasts event for small-batch, one-time samplings of local brews from Sixpoint Brewery. The event takes place in the fall at the Bell House, a 1920s warehouse converted into the neighborhood's prime spot for larger gatherings. All proceeds are donated to the local Humane Society of New York, blending fun with support for a great cause.
For straight-from-the-farm produce, the Windsor Terrace Farmers Market, hosted by GrowNYC, takes place every Sunday from May to December at Bartel-Pritchard Square. The market also provides a compost collection point and textile recycling to help the environment.
Enormous Sense of Community
"Having grown up in Park Slope and Windsor Terrace, I have such a deep affection for the area and its enormous sense of community. And now raising my family here, my roots continue to grow. You can't put a price on that."
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