Kate Hooker is a lawyer and writer who fled the East Village for Brooklyn a few years ago in search of outdoor space.
About South Slope/Greenwood Heights:
Park Slope’s immediate neighbor to the south, an area with amorphous boundaries that is known as South Slope or Greenwood Heights, is a vibrant residential community best known for its nationally landmarked Green-Wood Cemetery and its array of casual bars boasting backyard space and elevated comfort food. A day trip to this easygoing community will hit the spot.
Green-Wood Cemetery, a 478-acre rural cemetery that is the final resting place of a diverse list of VIPs, including Civil War vets, “Boss” Tweed, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Leonard Bernstein, is a must-see on your trip to South Slope. The beautifully landscaped series of rolling hills, dales and ponds contains the highest point in Brooklyn, with views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline, as well as the site of the famous Battle of Long Island of the Revolutionary War. Check the website before you plan your trip for the schedule of concerts, theater installations, historical lectures and trolley tours.
Where to Dine
When hunger hits, head over to Korzo, a European bar and café that is famous for a fried burger, the best hangover cure going. For somewhat lighter fare, Lot2 has a homey, rustic vibe and a weekly Sunday night supper that is a steal at $32 per person for four courses. Between 17th and 22nd streets on 5th Avenue, do a self-guided pub crawl with pit stops at Freddy’s Bar for live music, South pub for grilled cheese, Quarter Bar (676 5th Ave., 718.788.0989) for cocktails, Iron Station for corn bread and “Southern tapas,” j’eajet for fried chicken, Sea Witch tavern for fish tacos and a koi-filled backyard pond, and Mary’s Bar (708 5th Ave., 718.499.2175) for a killer jukebox and outdoor coffee bar/flea market.
A Shot of Culture
If you are looking for a shot of culture, there is always something interesting going on at the Open Source gallery, an alternative art space that supports local, independent artists. While South Slope is not exactly a shopping destination just yet, you can find great prices on cute, colorful women’s apparel and accessories at Flirt. Nearby Jubilat Provisions (608 5th Ave., 718.768.9676) is an authentic, old-school Polish butchery that sells house-made kielbasa and prepared foods that will spoil you for all the rest. Finally, Permanent Records is a hipster-friendly vinyl shop that migrated from Greenpoint last year and has been lauded as one of the best record stores in all of New York City.