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All About Park Slope, Brooklyn

The founder of Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn shares her favorite spots for dining, shopping and history in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

About Louise:

Crawford is the founder of Only the Blog Knows Brooklyn, a popular blog covering arts and culture, food and drink, shopping, civics and urban life in Brooklyn. She moved to Park Slope in 1991 and has seen the borough morph from the outer borough to the “it-borough.” From 2005-2010, she wrote the Smartmom column about parenting and modern life for The Brooklyn Paper. She runs Brooklyn Social Media, which provides public relations and social media services for authors and entrepreneurs.

Stone Park Cafe

A restaurant opened in 2004 by two childhood friends named Josh, Stone Park Cafe offers an upscale dining experience in the heart of Park Slope. Highlighting fresh, seasonal and local ingredients, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch include American specialties like roasted chicken; grilled Berkshire pork chop; squid ink tagliatelle; and the Stone Park Burger with cheese, mushrooms and bacon. Plus, there’s always something for vegans and vegetarians (It is Brooklyn, after all).

The Old Stone House

The Old Stone House
The Old Stone House (©Robert Levine)

Learn about the Battle of Brooklyn, the largest battle of the American Revolution, at The Old Stone House, a stately museum off Park Slope’s Fifth Ave. Housed in a Colonial-style stone house, it is also steps from where the Brooklyn Dodgers first played baseball when they were just a farm team known as the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers. On the grounds of the museum, there’s an innovative playground, with water-shooting cannons and other structures depicting Revolutionary America.

Diana Kane

Diana Kane
Diana Kane (Courtesy of Diana Kane)

Diana Kane is just like its namesake: small, stylish and design-conscious. Items like unique handmade jewelry and sturdy bags from global and local artisans give the shop its colorful vibe. The boutique also carries clothing, home goods, accessories and beauty products.