Friday, November 17, 2006

Manifest Destiny: The "Greater Park Slope Area"

We're always on the lookout for attempts to annex Gowanus into Park Slope and for signs of Park Slope Manifest Destiny. So, we noted that Park Slope is now "the greater Park Slope area" in a nice New York Times review of the restaurant Sheep Station on Fourth Avenue (generally regarded as the current-day Park Slope-Gowanus line of demarcation). Specifically, the review said:
In the past few months, bars have begun to spring up on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope, a stretch best known for what may be Brooklyn’s greatest concentration of gas stations and all-night tire shops.
So far, so good. Then comes the following:
In September, Sheep Station, a pub with a menu and a beer selection that look to Australia for inspiration, opened on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Douglass Street, signaling that the avenue may be the next frontier for gentrification in the greater Park Slope area. (At least until some intrepid entrepreneur opens an open-air cafe on the banks of the Gowanus Canal.)
The Gowanus as part of the Greater Park Slope Area. GPSA, anyone?

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