About nine blocks wide and roughly twice as long, Windsor Terrace has more stop signs than traffic lights. The historic Brooklyn ’hood, situated in the sliver between green giants Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, can also add the borough’s last remaining horse stable and a dearth of through streets to the list of reasons it feels like its own quiet village in the big city.
The majority of Windsor Terrace’s residents (who number around 20,000) can trace their origins in the neighborhood back generations, many to Irish, German, Polish, or Italian roots. Their decades-long zoning efforts have kept most of the area’s porch-fronted rowhouses from being supplanted by larger developments, and the close-knit community feeling they’ve created hasn’t disappeared, even as newcomers have started moving in. The vibe on Windsor Terrace’s streets is still informed by the American flags and hand-written butcher shop signs that hung there a half-century ago; only now, they’re keeping company with yoga studios and vegetarian restaurants.
High school juniors and seniors at Brooklyn College Academy are known to score above city averages on their SATs, and Greenwood Playground, on the corner of Ft. Hamilton Parkway and East 5th Street, is a family hot spot for playtime and a variety of programs.
The F and G trains at 15th St-Prospect Park [OR at Fort Hamilton Parkway]—40 minutes to Midtown
The world-class beauty of Prospect Park, and [XYZ feet/blocks] from the landmarked Green-Wood Cemetery—take your pick for a Gorgeous walk any season of the year
Intimate Italian dining at Della
The old-school pub charm of Farrell’s
The new-school craft beers of The Double Winds