When you hear the word brownstone, you probably think of Brooklyn—and for good reason. Brownstones encompass many Kings County neighborhoods (Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, the West Village), but Park Slope has arguably the best—and most envy-provoking—buildings in the city. Read author Sean Wilsey's thoughts on brownstone Brooklyn to whet your appetite further, and if you're hitting the hood at the weekend, be sure to check out our pick of the best brunch places in Park Slope.
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• Ride the F or G to the 7th Ave stop and walk on Seventh Ave toward Flatbush Ave until you reach Garfield Pl.
• Begin your walk on Seventh Ave and Garfield Pl by turning right. Make pitstops at quiet side streets like Polhemus and Fiske Pls as you shuffle toward Prospect Park.
• Continue onto Carroll St toward Prospect Park West to marvel at the brownstone beauties just off the park, and head down any named street toward Eighth Ave to spot a multitude of buildings that look like Royal Tenenbaum’s home. (Take a minute to pause and wonder how much they’re worth, then stop before it makes you too angry.)
• Turn onto Eighth Ave toward Flatbush, which takes you past the legendary Montauk Club (25 Eighth Ave at Lincoln Pl, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-638-0800, montaukclub.com), a still-operating, 19th-century private social club in a swoonworthy structure chock-full of ornate stained-glass windows and chandeliers.