Gardens and Variety
Why Prospect Heights is the next big thing
Think an outer borough can’t compete with the Upper East Side? Think again--specifically, check out the Richard Meier-designed high-rise at Grand Army Plaza. Floor-to-ceiling windows dole out some serious views of both Prospect Park and the Manhattan skyline. Also, the amenities are just insane: gym, swimming pool, roof deck, in-unit washer and dryer... (We can go on.)
Three-bedroom condo for rent, 1 Grand Army Plaza; $15,000 a month
There are, of course, more attainable rental options as well. This airy space also has a roof deck and gym.
Two-bedroom loft for rent, 535 Dean St. (at Carlton Ave.); $6,500 a month
But if it’s the brownstones you came for, this three-floor home is just one of the many gems in these parts. Between the dining room and the backyard, it’s ripe for all you expert hostesses out there.
Three-bedroom townhouse to rent, 391 Park Pl. (at Underhill Ave.); $7,000 a month
For those looking to plant some more permanent roots, the co-ops on Park Place are worth a gander. Seriously, look at this kitchen.
One-bedroom co-op for sale, 230 Park Pl. (at Vanderbilt Ave.); $599,000
Wherever you set up camp, know this: Ample Hills Creamery is never but a short stroll away. Its 20 flavors range from standards like dark chocolate and strawberries and cream to the more kitschy, like “The Munchies” (which, naturally, has potato chips in it). But it’s the seasonal surprises, like a Maker’s Mark sundae, that will have you blessing (or cursing?) the day you moved here.
623 Vanderbilt Ave. (at St. Marks Ave.)
For your coffee fix, grab an Australian-style latte at Glass Shop, housed in--you guessed it--a former glass factory.
Glass Shop, 766 Classon Ave. (at Sterling Pl.)
The spot for brunch is Tom’s Restaurant. While there’s always a line to get into the legendary diner, the good folks who run it compensate by handing out free coffee, orange slices and cookies while you wait. Just try to save room for the pumpkin-walnut waffles.
782 Washington Ave. (at Sterling Pl.)
Although Vanderbilt Avenue is hopping with restaurants to choose from, there’s a spanking new garden space that’s got the neighborhood abuzz: the Southeast Asian-inspired Hawker Bar. Grilled snail, eh?
611 Vanderbilt Ave. (at Bergen St.)
For ragtime jazz bands and something called a "hobo julep," hit up Tooker Alley. Some of the best cocktails in the borough (let alone the neighborhood) are there.
793 Washington Ave. (at Lincoln Pl.)
While these parts may not have a Whole Foods yet, it is home to the second largest open-air greenmarket in New York City. The Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket is open year-round every Saturday morning and hosts more than 30 farmers.
Grand Army Plaza (at the corner of Prospect Park W. and Flatbush Ave.)
Photo credit: Ethikus
And of course, don't forget the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. But there’s more to enjoy than the cherry blossoms; the institution also hosts an array of adult workshops from flower arranging to watercolor painting.
150 Eastern Pkwy. (between Washington and Underhill aves.)
Or make a standing date for the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays events each month, which often host discussions, show films or present musical guests. But keep an eye peeled for the sporadic salsa party, too.
200 Eastern Pkwy. (at Washington Ave.)