Whilst remembering the inimitable Norval White over the past few days, we pulled our copy of the AIA Guide to New York City off the shelf to see what he and co-author Elliot Willensky had to say about Park Slope and its historic district:
The first draft of the Historic District originally included only the park blocks. The Slope, emerging as the latest brownstone rediscovery of the upper middle class, was soon recognized as a precinct containing a rich fabric of row housing both within and beyond those initial arbitrary boundaries. The district finally designated reaches northwesterly from the park blocks to encompass part of the richness of Sixth Avenue between Berkeley and Sterling Places. And even with the expansion, good and great architecture thrives on the Slope outside the district lines.