Truly one-of-a-kind, this petite neighborhood at the base of Prospect Park is home to wide, tree-lined streets with spacious single-family homes and roomy apartments. Family-friendly and very residential, Prospect Park South is like living in two neighborhoods at once, with very few businesses and low traffic on the streets and sidewalks.
If you’re looking to stay in touch with big city roots while living amongst those who have firmly planted themselves in the community – and who savor the quiet of this neighborhood – Prospect Park South is worth your attention.
Nearby subway lines include the G, F, Q, 2 and 5.
The neighborhood’s borders are Flatbush Avenue to the north, Prospect Park to the south, 16th Street to the east, and Ocean Parkway to the west.
The Prospect Park South Historic District is a national historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It consists of 193 contributing brick rowhouse buildings built between 1895 and 1915. They consist mainly of Second Empire style townhouses with mansard roofs having gentle slopes at the center exposing projecting central section below giving them a French Mansard appearance. Many also have Gothic Revival details such as pointed-arch windows.
A number of well-known figures lived in this neighborhood during their youth or later life, artist Norman Rockwell; mystery writer Lawrence Sanders; poet Edwin Arlington Robinson; sculptor Karl Bitter, and bandleader Les Brown.
The neighborhood is also home to a number of city parks in which you can find basketball courts, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and playgrounds. The park that covers the most land in this neighborhood is Prospect Park at 13 acres with 4 ball fields. Other nearby parks include Grand Army Plaza (9 acres), Washington Square Park (7 acres) and Ocean Parkway (6 acres).
Prospect Park South consists primarily of detached, single-family homes. Buildings in the area are not high-rise and about 80% of residents own their home.
Prospect Park South is very residential and has few businesses along its streets. It’s outside of Downtown Brooklyn and surrounded by major thoroughfares such as Flatbush Avenue and Ocean Parkway offering easy access to restaurants and shopping while still providing quiet living for those seeking city life while maintaining a suburban atmosphere.
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