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My Slope, Your Slope

He’s lived here since the fifties. She moved last year for the yoga deck. They both love the same Polish grocery. Two different ways to live in Brooklyn’s South Park Slope.


The Newcomer: Jessica Howell
Age: 24
Profession: Actress, waitress, yoga instructor.
Resides: Shares a three-bedroom apartment on 24th Street and Fifth Avenue with another actress and a freelance fashion designer.
Years in the Neighborhood: One.
“I lived in Astoria for a while, but I moved here for the cheap rent and a backyard and deck. Plus there are lots of young people around. Our yard is great— wonderfully overgrown, birds chirping. In the summer, we get the tiki torches going at night, and I do yoga on the deck every morning. It’s my oasis, my Zen.”


1. Adam’s Wines and Liquors
620 Fifth Ave., nr. 17th St. 718-768-1521
“The owner here is great. He’ll try to talk you out of buying Grey Goose. He’s Polish and pours all these ‘authentic’ vodkas—he has you sample them until you change your mind.”

2. Has Beans
625 Fifth Ave., nr. 17th St. 718-499-3828
“Great iced coffee—the kind that really tastes like coffee, not watered down.”

3. Laundromat
715 Fourth Ave., at 23rd St. 718-369-4975
“Lots of kids running around, and telenovelas playing all day. And there’s an old Asian man who lectures me about gambling.”


4. El Rincon Familiar
651 Fifth Ave., nr. 19th St. 718-965-4881
“They advertise as Tex-Mex, but it’s really Mex-Mex. It’s always super-packed.”

5. Balance Life
624 Fifth Ave., nr. 18th St. 718-768-1091
“Great produce, supercheap organic food. They have my kombucha—it’s fermented tea.”


6. Eagle Provisions
628 Fifth Ave., nr. 18th St. 718-499-0026
“Literally 1,500 kinds of beer here. Serbian beers, Polish beers, Czech … even three gluten-free beers. Lots of strange meats, too. I get most of my groceries here and at Balance Life.”

7. Guerrero Food Center
722 Fifth Ave., at 23rd St. 718-499-8653
“This bodega used to be a little bit scary, but now it’s great. They’ve started carrying organic stuff. They’re also open late on weekends, which is a big deal around here.”

8. Suki Sushi
631 Fifth Ave., nr. 18th St. 718-768-4111
“Intensely affordable.”


9. Monk Thrift Shop
579 Fifth Ave., nr. 16th St.; 718-788-2950
“Really the only place to shop for clothes in the immediate area. I bought a date dress here once—this cute little stripy thing.”

10. Under Minerva
656 Fifth Ave., nr. 19th St. 718-788-0170
“It’s an art gallery, but it’s not just art: They have morning meditation sessions and hold discussions and events.”

11. Quarter Bar & Café
676 Fifth Ave., nr. 20th St. 718-788-0989
“They have a ‘word of the day’ thing where if you use their word correctly in a sentence, you get half off drinks. It’s always something impossibly obscure, like noctic.


12. Sidecar Bar & Grill
560 Fifth Ave., nr. 16th St. 718-369-0077
“Great jukebox—a mix of old country and new hits. Sometimes if you stay late, they’ll bring out the Wii.”


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