Quite a different looking set of neighborhood boundaries then. Windsor Terrace? Kensington? Prospect Heights? Carroll Gardens? Nowhere to be seen. Of course, time changes names and neighborhood limits. And they're all open to debate. Really you live where you & your peer group think you live, more or less. You make your neighborhood. Over on the Windsor Terrace-based Container Diaries, one Roll Call commenter writes that "Back then," in the 50s & 60s, "it wasn't Windsor Terrace. It was Park Slope," & another writes that "Farrell's is what makes Park Slope special." Clearly boundaries felt different then, but how do younger Windsor Terrace natives feel about them today? Windsor Terrace isn't one of those recent neighborhood re-brandings, like Cobble Hill, or newer still, Greenwood Heights. The (smaller) Village of Windsor Terrace was incorporated back in 1851. I am far too new a Brooklyn resident to see much of Windsor Terrace as Park Slope (though to me, the cut-off's hazy), but I'm long enough here to believe in a Slope that goes well beyond the expressway. And talking of that expressway, was its construction, in the 50s and 60s, part of the process that changed the common conception of just where Park Slope and Windsor Terrace began & ended? Thanks again, Mr, Moses.
I'd be happy if Park Slope were either bigger or smaller. If it were smaller, I wouldn't be in it - the South Slope part, that is - and that would be just fine by me. Liberating, in fact! Park Slope could be a more concentrated landmark brownstone nexus, with its boundaries shrinking to the south & west. Or, if it were bigger, and went all the way down to 39th, just as it's depicted on the WPA map, that would be OK too. How much more diverse & appealing a community it would be, and how much less