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Old 09-14-2010, 07:59 AM
 
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Default Brooklyn Heights versus Park Slope

My DH and I are considering a move to NY and are considering Brooklyn Heights or Park Slope. We will have 2 young children in preschool who will be starting elementary school in a few years and we plan on doing private schools but would like the option of a good public school. I'd also like to be close to the subway, restaurants, and amenities for the kids. Our budget is about 900K to 1 million.

I've been doing some research and I'm trying to differentiate between Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope and would love to hear people's perspectives on these neighborhoods. Would it be accurate to say that Brooklyn Heights has better private elementary schools and a more convenient commute downtown while Park Slope has more restaurants and a "neighborhoody" feel.

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Old 09-14-2010, 11:29 AM
 
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I'll go through some of the pros and cons. I used to live in Brooklyn Heights and thought it was a great neighborhood. If you want to live in Brownstone Brooklyn, also take a look at Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens. Those neighborhoods are similar in character to both Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope.

Brooklyn Heights (compared to Park Slope):
-Right across the river from the Financial District, substantially closer to Midtown.
-Excellent access to a variety of subway lines.
-Neighborhood is uniformly more well-kept and aesthetically beautiful
-There are some good restaurants, but not as many as Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens or Park Slope.
-Fewer families with young children.
-Good access to Brooklyn Bridge Park and Cadman Plaza Park.
-More expensive.

Park Slope (compared to Brooklyn Heights):
-Not nearly as many transit options (fewer subway lines) .
-Harder to get a taxi both from Manhattan and to Manhattan.
-Neighborhood is generally attractive, but the further west and south you go, the less attractive it gets.
-Great selection of restaurants, many with childrens' menus and that welcome kids.
-Packed with families with young children
-Good access to Prospect Park.
-Less expensive.
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Old 09-14-2010, 04:20 PM
 
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I'll go through some of the pros and cons. I used to live in Brooklyn Heights and thought it was a great neighborhood. If you want to live in Brownstone Brooklyn, also take a look at Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens. Those neighborhoods are similar in character to both Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope.

Brooklyn Heights (compared to Park Slope):
-Right across the river from the Financial District, substantially closer to Midtown.
-Excellent access to a variety of subway lines.
-Neighborhood is uniformly more well-kept and aesthetically beautiful
-There are some good restaurants, but not as many as Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens or Park Slope.
-Fewer families with young children.
-Good access to Brooklyn Bridge Park and Cadman Plaza Park.
-More expensive.

Park Slope (compared to Brooklyn Heights):
-Not nearly as many transit options (fewer subway lines) .
-Harder to get a taxi both from Manhattan and to Manhattan.
-Neighborhood is generally attractive, but the further west and south you go, the less attractive it gets.
-Great selection of restaurants, many with childrens' menus and that welcome kids.
-Packed with families with young children
-Good access to Prospect Park.
-Less expensive.

Well said. I was (partially) raised in Brooklyn Heights, however you can't go wrong in either places. You should also look into Clinton Hill. Very nice areas as well.

My parents still own a brownstone in Bk Heights (they live in South Fla). They wont sell it for anything. I can't fault them either. Good Luck on your search.
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Old 09-14-2010, 05:49 PM
 
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