Park Slope is a neighborhood in northwestern Brooklyn, New York City, once known as South Brooklyn. Park Slope is roughly bounded by Prospect Park and Prospect Park West to the east, Fourth Avenue to the west, Flatbush Avenue to the north, and Prospect Expressway to the south. Generally, the section from Flatbush Avenue to Garfield Place (the “named streets”) is considered the “North Slope,” the area from 1st through 9th Streets is regarded as the “Center Slope,” and south from 10th Street, the “South Slope.” The neighborhood takes its name from its location on the western slope of neighboring Prospect Park. Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue are its primary commercial streets, while its east-west side streets are lined with brownstones and apartment buildings. Top Brooklyn Electrician
The Lenape settled Park Slope before Europeans arrived in the 17th century. The area was primarily farms and woods until the early 19th century, when the land was subdivided into rectangular parcels. The western section of the neighborhood was occupied in the mid-19th century near the industrial Gowanus Canal and ferries. After completing Prospect Park, numerous mansions and rowhouses were developed in Park Slope’s eastern section in the 1880s. Park Slope faced a social and infrastructural decline in the mid-20th century, but the building stock was renovated after the area became gentrified starting in the 1960s. Much of the neighborhood is overlaid by the Park Slope Historic District, composed of a National Historic District and a New York City landmark district.
Though modern-day Brooklyn is coextensive with Kings County, this was not always the case. South Brooklyn, an area in central Kings County extending to the former Brooklyn city line near Green-Wood Cemetery’s southern border, was initially settled by the Canarsie Indians, one of several indigenous Lenape peoples who farmed and hunted on the land. The Lenape typically lived in wigwams and had larger fishing and hunting communities near freshwater sites on the higher land ground grounds. Several Lenape roads crossed the landscape and were later widened into “ferry roads” by 17th-century Dutch settlers since they were used to provide transport to the waterfront. One was the Flatbush Road, running roughly north-south to the east of the path of present-day Flatbush Avenue. Just north of modern-day Park Slope was the Jamaica Road, running east to Jamaica, Queens, on Fulton Street.
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