The
Neighborhood

That Park Slope manages to possess the feeling of a small town is just one of its many charms. Park Slopers are renowned for staying forever — and for a good reason. Artists and bohemians staked claims long ago, forming a bastion of intelligentsia that is tried and true. Old school businesses rub shoulders with artisanal upstarts, while fashion-forward boutiques and art galleries live side-by-side with mom-and-pop shops and bars of all description.

Park Slope
Happenings

The
Neighborhood

That Park Slope manages to possess the feeling of a small town is just one of its many charms. Park Slopers are renowned for staying forever — and for a good reason. Artists and bohemians staked claims long ago, forming a bastion of intelligentsia that is tried and true. Old school businesses rub shoulders with artisanal upstarts, while fashion-forward boutiques and art galleries live side-by-side with mom-and-pop shops and bars of all description.

Park Slope Happenings

The best of Park Slope, including events, news, attractions and entertainment. Learn about upcoming events and what's going on in the neighborhood.

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The Real Deal: Building outside the box

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Metro New York: Inside Look: 7 NYC rooftops with views of the Fourth of July fireworks

Located on the corner of First Street and Fourth Avenue, this new development in Park Slope has both private and shared views – including a common rooftop – that span the East River, Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. The rooftop comes with an outdoor kitchen, lounge and dining areas – perfect for a Fourth of July cookout.

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New York Observer: These Are the Luxe New Developments Coming to Brooklyn

Has Brooklyn peaked? Not by a long shot, judging by the influx of high-end residential development. “In general, what’s coming on the market now is a more sophisticated product,” Brendan Aguayo, the managing director at Halstead Property Development Marketing, told the Observer. “It’s trying to introduce a higher caliber product, and these new units are a bit larger than what’s typically found in the Brooklyn market.”

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Forbes: 7 Outrageous Amenities In World’s Most Luxurious Condos

As if Park Slope needs further confirmation for its stroller-heaven status, there’s now a condominium at 251 First Street (Brooklyn, New York) that has a stroller valet and a dedicated room that can store up to 50 strollers. This means, you could request for the strollers to be ready when you leave, and stored in the room (for you and visiting guests) when you’re home.

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Brooklyn’s New Outpost for Tacos and Upstate Goods

This summer, a very Brooklyn pop-up bridges the gap between Mexico and New York with fresh tortillas filled with local ingredients. “We were talking about how in Mexico City there’s the street tacos that you’re worried might make you sick, and these gourmet places that are starting to pop up — but nothing in between,” says the artist and photographer April Valencia about the inspiration behind Josephina, a taco stand and market that opens this Friday in the backyard of the Pines, in the Gowanus neighborhood.

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Design Boom: ODA architecture plans staggered ‘251 first’ residences for Brooklyn, New York

A year after construction began in brooklyn’s park slope neighborhood, sales have now been launched at 251 first — an apartment building designed by ODA architecture. the 11-storey structure features 44 residences, which comprise 2, 3, and 4 bedroom homes. the development also includes spacious penthouses with private outdoor terraces. located near prospect park, pricing for the apartments is expected to start $1,295,000 USD for a two-bedroom dwelling. the building’s amenities include a fitness center with yoga room, a furnished and landscaped rooftop lounge, and even stroller valet and storage. a further benefit includes an anticipated 15-year tax abatement for buyers.

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New York Post: New York’s 44 best new places to live right now

If you’re on the market to buy or rent a brand-new apartment this season, you’re in luck.
A flurry of spiffy condo, co-op and rental developments are set to launch this spring — and not just in Manhattan. Whether you’re looking in Brooklyn, Queens or Staten Island, there are solid new real-estate offerings in every borough. No matter the neighborhood, there are projects both small and large — and everything in between — that cater to any resident’s preferences. Whether you prefer an intimate condo with only two units or an amenity-packed rental with 900 apartments, now’s the time to get your checkbooks ready.

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Brick Underground: Check out the new developments and conversions changing Brooklyn right now

An 11-story condo building near Prospect Park with 44 two- to four-bedroom units and penthouses with private terraces. When completed, there will be a 15-year tax abatement. Amenities include rooftop terrace with outdoor kitchen, fitness/yoga rooms, pet grooming stations, children’s playroom, part-time and virtual concierge attending the lobby.

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Curbed: New NYC Apartments Hitting the Market: Spring 2016

The weather is turning warmer and flowers are finally in bloom, which can only mean one thing: spring has arrived. And that can only mean one thing: it’s time to look at the many, many, many apartments—both rentals and condos—that will be hitting New York’s real estate market in the next few months. Across more than 40 developments, there are starchitect-designed condos (your Selldorfs, Sterns, and Pianos among them) and super-pricey, family-friendly apartments, along with under-the-radar outer-borough rentals and apartments that are deemed “affordable luxury.” It’s a lot to take in, and as always, if we missed anything, the tipline is right this way.

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Luxury Listings NYC: New condo building will offer stroller valet service

Parking in New York is always a struggle, and for mommies, it can be particularly difficult to park your stroller when it is laden down with bottles, diapers and snacks. So it’s not exactly a surprise that a new building in Park Slope — the capital of Mommyland — has a special amenity: not just stroller parking, but valet stroller parking. What does that mean exactly? According to the Times, it means that the building, located at 251 1st Street in Park Slope, will have a giant room to store up to 50 strollers on the lobby. When you’re ready to roll, you can simply call down to the lobby attendant who will prepare your stroller for you to go off and live your life.

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New York Daily News: “Luxury Park Slope building to offer stroller valet service”

Units in a new Park Slope luxury condo go on sale this month and the most prized perk caters to people with children, specifically those who own the classiest of baby strollers. A perk that would only happen in a Brooklyn building, the 11-story structure at 251 First Street will offer stroller valet service. “As far as I know, we are the first to offer an amenity like this on this scale,” Brendan Aguayo, the managing director of Halstead Property Development Marketing, who thought of the perk, told the New York Times.

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Gothamist: “Park Slope Luxury Condo Finally Breaks The Stroller Valet Service Glass Ceiling”

Apartments at a new 11-story building at 251 First Street, at the corner of 4th Avenue, will begin going on sale later this month, and the building has come up with a pretty catchy, if somewhat mundane, idea to attract new families: “As far as I know, we are the first to offer an amenity like this on this scale,” Brendan Aguayo, the managing director of Halstead Property Development Marketing who came up with the stroller valet idea for the building, told the Times.

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This Place exhibit

This Place explores the complexity of Israel and the West Bank, as place and metaphor, through the eyes of twelve internationally acclaimed photographers.

Featuring more than 600 photographs by Frédéric Brenner, Wendy Ewald, Martin Kollar, Josef Koudelka, Jungjin Lee, Gilles Peress, Fazal Sheikh, Stephen Shore, Rosalind Fox Solomon, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall, and Nick Waplington, This Place offers not a single, monolithic vision, but rather an intricate and fragmented portrait, alive to all the rifts and paradoxes of this important and much contested place.

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Carnival of the Animals

BAMkids presents adventurous art and ideas for young audiences, igniting the imaginations of creative kids—tots to preteens—with a fun and engaging lineup of concerts, workshops, movie matinees, and live performances from around the world. The charming acrobats of Australian circus-theater ensemble Circa present a gravity-defying celebration of life on earth, set to French composer Camille Saint-Saens’ musical suite Carnival of the Animals. Performing as a human menagerie, the company conjures elephants, kangaroos, swans, and other creatures in an exuberant display of the human body’s power and possibility.

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Curbed: “Park Slope Condo Reaches Peak Brooklyn With Stroller Valet Amenity”

The condos rising at the corner of First Street and Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn will hit the market in a few weeks, but ahead of the building’s sales launch some new, juicy details have made their way to the Times,primarily that the 44-condo building will not only have dedicated stroller storage, but a stroller valet. That’s right, ladies and gents. We’ve reached peak Brooklyn.

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New York Times: “Stroller Valet Service at a Park Slope Condo”

Parents of young children rely on their strollers as if they were extensions of themselves. The stroller not only serves as a child’s second home, it is also used as a grocery cart, a cup holder and a coat rack. But many are bulky and hard to store. They gobble space when parked by the doorway, or, to the dismay of those without children, in the hallways of residential buildings.

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Baking Cat Studio

Barking Cat Studio is the creative inspiration of proud Brooklyn native, toy designer & graphic artist Karen Merbaum.

As the top cat at Barking Cat Studio, Karen sets the tone for an exhilarating, upbeat, creative environment that encourages her students to produce fun, out-of-the-ordinary arts & crafts. Karen & her staff’s commitment to the arts & the students makes the studio experience at Barking Cat one kids (and adults) won’t soon forget.

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Agitprop!

Agitprop! connects contemporary art devoted to social change with historic moments in creative activism, highlighting activities that seek to motivate broad and diverse publics. Exploring the complexity, range, and impact of these artistic practices—including photography, film, prints, banners, street actions, songs, digital files, and web platforms—the exhibition expands over its run within a unique and dynamic framework. It opens with works by twenty contemporary artists responding to urgent issues of the day, in dialogue with five historical case studies. In the following months, two more waves of contemporary work are being added—on February 17 and April 6, 2016—with each wave of artists choosing those in the next.

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Kids Rock the Rock Shop

Rock Bands For Kids return for an epic afternoon of rock and roll at the Rock Shop, 249 Fourth Avenue. Seven amazing young rock bands take the stage to melt hearts and melt faces. Be prepared to smile and have fun. You have been warned. All ages.

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Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket

Founded in 1989, Grand Army Plaza is Greenmarket’s flagship Brooklyn market, and the second largest market in the program, behind Union Square. Located at the northwest entrance to beautiful Prospect Park and just steps from the Brooklyn Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This community destination brings together a mix of shoppers from the nearby neighborhoods of Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and beyond. Runners, dog-walkers, families, singles and foodies all converge to buy from the huge array of farm fresh products, and to participate in the programming and cooking demonstrations that take place every Saturday all year long.

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LeFrak Center at Lakeside

The LeFrak Center at Lakeside is Prospect Park’s newest activity destination, event space, and hospitality center. With seasonal activities such as ice skating, roller skating, dining, water play, and family-friendly classes and special events, Lakeside has something for everyone—no matter the occasion or season. Lakeside Brooklyn at Prospect Park also brings a unique brand of fun to hosting special events in Brooklyn. The venue boasts a variety of spaces for hosting extraordinary affairs, including Bluestone, the signature rink-side café—with indoor and outdoor seating—which features distinctive specialty menu items from local artisans and small businesses alongside traditional favorites. Also available are flexible private party rooms that can spread out into the café, as well as the pièce de résistance: a green roof terrace with panoramic vistas of the rinks and Prospect Park Lake.

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Park Slope’s Sunday Down to Earth Farmers Market

Down to Earth Markets bring together two kinds of vendors: local farmers and area food makers who source locally. By incorporating qualified producers into our markets, we expand upon the traditional farmers market. More local food entrepreneurs find a venue to sell their products directly to shoppers. In turn, shoppers benefit by discovering a greater offering of local foods at the markets. Best yet, regional agriculture thrives, as more businesses source from area farms.

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Brooklyn Robot Foundry

The Robot Foundry offers drop-off classes, clubs, half-day and full-day sessions and open play for kids ages four and older. Learn about mechanical engineering and electrical principles from teachers in the know. Toys and common household objects are used to help convey how electricity, gears and motors work. After all of the Brooklyn Robot Foundry’s programs (except for open/free play sessions), kids bring home a robot that they have built.

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Textile Arts Center Classes

Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. At TAC, we aspire to unify the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based classes that reinvigorate engagement with traditional crafts. Techniques like weaving, sewing, and dyeing are practical, connective, and process-driven — common denominators for designers, artists, and creative practitioners around the world. Because these activities are so widely used, they help to foster community and bring creativity back into our daily lives. They are part of our collective history and vital to our ongoing expressions of design, art, and culture.

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Prospect Park Events

Natural Disruptions: the Prospect Park Alliance and ArtBridge have collaborated to transform 300 feet of construction fencing in Prospect Park into a large-scale, outdoor photo installation. Natural Disruptions features the work of two Brooklyn artists, Mark Dorf and Anthony Goicolea.

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Classes at Whole Foods

At more than 56,000 square-feet, Whole Foods Market Third & 3rd (named after the store’s cross streets at 214 3rd Street) offers a full range of high-quality natural and organic foods including a vast assortment of locally sourced offerings from some of Brooklyn and the tri-state area’s most highly-regarded local artisans. More than 100 items have been exclusively created to commemorate and celebrate the store opening. Knife sharpening classes, Trivia Night and more!

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