Park Slope, Brooklyn, became gentrified in the 1990s and 2000s, filled with young families that found Manhattan unaffordable. The new residents were mostly liberal/progressive and Park Slope was nicknamed the “People’s Republic of Park Slope” (after the “People’s Republic of China” and a variant of the Upper West Side’s “Moscow on the Hudson”).
“People’s Republic of Park Slope” has been cited in print since at least 2002.
Wikipedia: Park Slope, Brooklyn
Park Slope is a neighborhood in the western section of Brooklyn, New York City’s most populous borough. Park Slope is roughly bounded by Prospect Park West to the east, Fourth Avenue to the west, Flatbush Avenue to the north, and 15th Street to the south, though other definitions are sometimes offered. It takes its name from its location on the western slope of neighboring Prospect Park. Seventh Avenue and Fifth Avenue are its primary commercial streets, while its east-west side streets are populated by many historic brownstones.
Park Slope is characterized by its historic buildings, top-rated restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as close access to Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, and the Central Library (as well as the Park Slope branch) of the Brooklyn Public Library system.
The neighborhood had a population of about 62,200 as of the 2000 census, resulting in a population density of approximately 68,000/square mile, or approximately 26,000/square kilometer.
Park Slope is considered one of New York City’s most desirable neighborhoods. In 2010, it was ranked #1 in New York by New York Magazine citing its quality public schools, dining, nightlife, shopping, access to public transit, green space, quality housing, safety, and creative capital, among other aspects.
It was 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.”
In December 2006, Natural Home magazine named Park Slope one of America’s ten best neighborhoods based on criteria including parks, green spaces and neighborhood gathering spaces; farmer’s markets and community gardens; public transportation and locally-owned businesses; and environmental and social policy. Park Slope is part of Brooklyn Community Board 6.
Google Groups: alt.support.childfree
Date: 12 Apr 2002 14:07:58 GMT
Local: Fri, Apr 12 2002 8:07 am
Subject: Re: Hipmoos Buy the Farm
Sounds like the “People’s Republic of Park Slope”...
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Feeling Like Elastagirl
Sad to say, feminism barely made a dent in the way things are done in the American home (even here in the People’s Republic of Park Slope).
2nd June 2006, 04:56 AM
2. What is your current country of residence? The People’s Republic of Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Chowhound - Outer Boroughs
Oh, and one more thing: calling it the People’s Republic of Park Slope is just bizarre. With dreary small apartments going for close to $1 million, theres not much Maoist doctrine being spouted on 7th Ave., at least not that I’ve noticed.... It’s closer to the Brooklyn outpost of Morgan Stanley or some such…
By gnosh on Oct 03, 2006 04:28PM
Day of the dad
Published: 12:02AM BST 31 May 2007
I don’t know if there is an exact British equivalent of Park Slope Parents (PSPs), but in terms of the horror and dismay they engender among other New Yorkers, they would be somewhere between Black Death victims and Burke and Hare.
Known to other New Yorkers by such affectionate nicknames as the “Stroller Mafia” and the “People’s Republic of Park Slope”, they have much in common with middle-class, liberal-leaning, multiple-baby-breeding North Londoners.
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