About Prospect Heights:
Prospect Heights is one of Brooklyn’s tiniest neighborhoods, occupying some 40 square blocks between Fort Greene, Park Slope, Crown Heights and Prospect Park, but don’t let its diminutive size fool you. The neighborhood packs a serious punch in terms of sights to see and food to try per block ratio, so read on!
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a massive 52-acre swath of meticulously maintained gardens containing over 200 cherry trees that are showcased annually at the popular Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival.
The Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum is manageably-sized and diverse, with both rotating exhibits as well as an extensive permanent collection; and a gift shop stocked with unusual souvenirs to bring back home. If the gift shop gets you in the buying mood, opt for on-trend, if a little pricey, women’s clothes at O.N.A.
Barclays Center, which is easily accessible by almost every major subway line out of Manhattan, hosts Brooklyn Nets games (pictured) and other sporting and entertainment events. The area immediately surrounding Barclays is reminiscent of Times Square (think: noisy, crowded, chain eateries), so I would recommend literally moving on to greener pastures by walking down Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza and the magnificent Prospect Park.
Dining in Prospect Heights
As far as eats go, Prospect Heights has you well-covered. Tom’s Restaurant, an old-school, family-owned diner beloved for its killer pancakes and egg creams, has been a neighborhood staple since 1936. Be prepared for long lines on the weekends, but the free coffee, cookies and orange slices that are passed out while you wait help ease the pain. For lunch on the go, you can grab an excellent sandwich or prepared food at BKLYN Larder or Stocked. But if you have time to sit, park it at Chuko Ramen and savor the incredible mentaiko mazemen special if it’s available that day.