The oft’ snickered about move from the isle of Manhattan, to the largest borough of NYC, is usually “caused” by the ticking of one’s biological clock. Babies mean Brooklyn, and in one particular area, it means stroller wars, marsupial moms and single-drip coffee cafes. “The Slope” is the antidote to many Manhattanites’ who are sick of squeezing into too-small rental apartments. The North Slope, which takes its name from its location on the western slope of the park, is filled with charming brownstones and historic architecture. Let’s explore a hidden gem on Sterling Place in The Vermeil, a mortar and brick building attached to a pre-existing brownstone, steps away from Maggie Gyllenhaal’s townhouse:
The area is nestled adjacent to Prospect Park and the neighborhood is relatively affordable: case in point a swanky cocktail which runs me $16 in the city, is $10 on Flatbush Avenue. Known for its preponderance of families, serious couples, aging hippies, LGBTQ hotspots, writers and other humanities driven types, the streets have a communal vibe. The location was even named one of the “Greatest Neighborhoods in America” by the American Planning Association in 2007, “for its architectural and historical features and its diverse mix of residents and businesses, all of which are supported and preserved by its active and involved citizenry.”
The natural light coming in from the large windows lends itself to shadow play. A sun drenched living room is perfect for lazy afternoon reading.
The details of an angled globe, chinoiserie chair, moroccan tuft, midcentury credenza, B & W Photo and paper lantern give the space a simple, east-meets-west vibe.
Glossy, espresso-stained oak flooring is elegant but clean allowing different colored wooden carpentry and damask settee patterns to intermingle.
I spy a Charles and Ray Eames whimsical clock.
Hiding behind the historic sidewalks and brick facades, a world of modern luxury awaits. Take an afternoon and play bocce ball at Union Hall, earn your keep at the Park Slope Food Co-op, sip a cold brew at Hungry Ghost (or go stronger at Gorilla Coffee), act the forager and locavore at Woodland, purchase an unconventional frock at Eponymy, or twirl spaghetti on your spoon like a real Italian at Al Di La. The picturesque and quirky neighborhood retains its old-world charm with new-world amenities; just a subway ride and bridge away.