Neighborhood Guide

Must-See Park Slope

by nycgo.com staff, 01/07/2014

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  • Concert Venues
    Though Park Slope is known for its tree-lined streets and family-friendly essence, the neighborhood has its fair share of music venues, which generally boast a more refined vibe than those you'd find, say, in Williamsburg or on the Lower East Side. The Rock Shop has hosted performances by such bands as Urge Overkill, Wye Oak and Jukebox the Ghost, and has a sports bar upstairs. Area institution Union Hall, meanwhile, is beloved for hosting Karaoke Killed the Cat, comedy from the likes of John Hodgman and rock shows by up-and-coming acts. It was also the center of a controversy a while back when it banned strollers. Barbès hosts the Slavic Soul Party on Tuesday nights, getting crowds dancing with a nine-piece brass band. And while it's a bit of a walk from the center of Park Slope, Gowanus' spacious Bell House fits right in, having hosted acts like Brand New, Yo La Tengo and comedian Louis CK (plus the odd trivia night hosted by local celebrity Pat Kiernan). The venue gets points for the shape of its main room—it's wider than it is long, allowing more audience members a choice view of the stage. All of these concert halls tend to be freer of the fist-pumping, pushing-and-shoving crowd that may invade some other rock 'n' roll spaces—you'll usually find yourself surrounded by adults who want to enjoy the show.—JZ

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