As a girl from Sunset Park I definitely noticed that a lot of nice things just “skipped” my neighborhood. For restaurant recommendations people always suggest places in Bay Ridge or Park Slope. When parents talk about good schools and quality education they mention District 20 (Bay Ridge) or District 15 (the Park Slope schools). When college students ask about cute coffee shops where they can linger, enjoy a latte
incessantly check/update Facebook stati read or study, they’re referred to Bay Ridge or Park Slope. Want a nice park? Owl’s Head or Prospect? In the market for a brownstone? Limestone? Park Slope is notorious and Bay Ridge is just as good. It’s as if Sunset simply serves as a conduit to get from point A (Bay Ridge) to point B (Park Slope) and yet, all of these things exist in Sunset too. Its been sorely overlooked.
Cafe Zona Sur is slated to change that a little bit and I hope that other small business owners follow suit. Originally from Sunset Park, the owners have worked in the restaurant industry in Greenwich Village. They’re trying to “bring a little East Village style to the neighborhood”.
I am 100% in support of this locally-run, small business operated by a family indigenous to the ‘hood. This is urban growth at its finest and it makes me excited for the trailblazers who see the potential in this charming and lovely little neighborhood.
A sunset in Sunset Park, from empireguides.com