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South Slope and Greenwood Heights represent the area between Sunset Park to the south, and Park Slope to the north. Characterized by prewar row houses, South Slope - formerly known as South Park Slope - is, as its name indicates, right at the bottom of Park Slope. Farther south, Greenwood Heights is marked by vinyl sided and brick homes and derives its name from the Green-Wood Cemetery.
With a diverse culture, the neighborhood is home to "Brooklyn's Chinatown" and "Little Latin America." Still working-class communities, these areas are growing neighborhoods that are beginning to attract more families.
A prominent architectural marvel is the Green-Wood Cemetery's Gothic Arch at the cemetery's entrance. Conceived by Brooklyn social leader Henry Evelyn Pierrepont, Green-Wood Cemetery is the resting place of many prominent New Yorkers. It is still a working cemetery, with roughly 600,000 graves throughout the 478-acre space. The cemetery is served by a gorgeous natural landscape with rolling hills, several ponds and glacial moraines; and it houses Battle Hill, the highest point in Brooklyn.
Before Olmsted and Vaux built Central and Prospect parks, Green-Wood cemetery was one of the largest green spaces in the area, making it a tourist attraction that rivaled Niagara Falls. Battle Hill was a significant site during the Revolutionary War, and is now home to the Statue of Liberty's sister -- the statue of Minerva -- the Roman goddess of battle and the protector of civilization. The statue of Minerva salutes her sister from Battle Hill, where she stands in direct view of her. Residents of the area are devoted to ensuring that the statue will always have a direct eye-line to her sister that won't be impeded by new construction.
While Greenwood Heights used to consist mainly of one- and two-family homes, the neighborhood is steadily growing, leading to an influx of luxury condominiums and gut renovated, early 20th-century, wood-framed homes. South Slope is beginning to experience new development along Fourth Avenue, the result of a 2005 rezoning law.
South Slope has a number of quaint Park Slope-type bars, restaurants and shops. One of the area's most well-known establishments is the retro-bowling alley Melody Lanes. Some great bars to visit are Eastern European pub Korzo, Toby's pizza joint, and Quarter, an Australian restaurant that serves cheese plates and savory pies. An impressive new addition to the area, Greenwood Park is a 13,000-square-foot former gas station and mechanic shop that was converted into an indoor/outdoor restaurant, bar and beer garden. The new hotspot boasts 60 beer tap lines, three bocce ball courts, and a menu featuring seasonal fare.