Kicking off my first neighborhood trip with a profile of what is arguably the most charming three blocks in Brooklyn. It’s two blocks away from where I live and a world different.
Need to know
Where it is: Lincoln Road between Rogers Ave. & Ocean Ave. (Prospect Park)
How to get there: Take the 2 or 5 to Sterling, walk south two blocks, then head west (right) on Lincoln until you reach the park. Or, take the B, Q, or S to Prospect Park. Go right on Lincoln for the park or left if you want to walk through the greenest block in Brooklyn.
Where to eat/drink: Lincoln Park Tavern. It’s just east of the B-Q-S. Love this place. They give you crayons and I spend the entire time drinking and drawing.
Where to buy food: It looks like there’s a decent grocery store at the corner of Flatbush and Lincoln. Check bodegas for fresh fruit and veggies along the Flatbush/Washington/Lincoln intersection.
What makes these blocks so special
While photographing a gorgeous cherry blossom tree, a guy standing outside a brownstone said, with a smile, “Go ahead, take as many pictures as you want.” I struck up conversation with the man, who owned both the brownstone and the tree. His name was Joe and he’d lived on that block for 40 years. Raised a family there, he said.
“I was jogging here yesterday and I thought exactly that — that this block makes me think it is possible to raise a family in New York City,” I told him.
There are real houses. They stand alone, with yards and driveways and garages. They have front porches and trees and grass lawns, fences and dogs that run freely behind those fences. There aren’t many of them, and Joe said the last house that sold, he heard sold for $750,000. I’m guessing that’s the low-end.
|Joe's Cherry tree|
Most the people who live there do own their homes, and Joe said he believes that makes a difference. People are literally invested in caring about what their home and street looks like.
Joe’s block, Lincoln between Rogers and Bedford, has won the designation of being the “Greenest block in Brooklyn” for three years — 2009, 2011 and 2012. It is absolutely beautiful. I hope it wins again this year.
If you’re planning a visit to Prospect Park, I recommend taking the 2-5 to Sterling and walking along Lincoln to enter the park. I mean, you’ve come all this way, why not check out the greenest block in Brooklyn? It’s a short walk, and worth it.
Stop for a drink (or food) at the Lincoln Park Tavern before you get to the park. In the park, follow East Drive north until you reach Grand Army Plaza, where you can check out the museum and library. Or, skip the trek to Grand Army and opt instead to check out the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens or Prospect Park Zoo, which are both on the east side of the park.View Prospect Lefferts Gardens in a larger map