If Williamsburg is the face of the "new" hipster Brooklyn, Park Slope is the leading light of the borough's classic incarnation—the brownstone-populated, tree-lined version. The neighborhood's residents give it a literary, socially conscious feel. They shop at their own food co-op. They patronize independent book and record shops and sip coffee at local java joints. And the constant stream of strollers on the sidewalks makes it clear that this is a place where many choose to raise families. It's those features that keep landing Park Slope on lists of the "best" neighborhoods in New York City, even the nation. To find some of our favorite spots in the area, read on.—Jonathan Zeller
Where it is:
Adjacent to expansive Prospect Park and otherwise bounded by Flatbush, Fourth Avenue and a somewhat shifting southern line (around 15th Street).
How to get there:
Take the F or G train to 7th Ave. There are many other subway stops around Park Slope on various lines (check a site like Google Maps or Hopstop for details), but this is the most central station.