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MAP: South Slope and Greenwood Heights Are Real Neighborhoods, Locals Say

By Leslie Albrecht | October 2, 2015 7:28pm | Updated on October 5, 2015 8:55am

PARK SLOPE — Some feel the phrases "South Slope" and "Greenwood Heights" were invented by real estate agents, but locals proudly claimed these areas on DNAinfo New York's Draw Your Neighborhood map.

We asked New Yorkers to tell us where their neighborhoods begin and end, and more than 12,000 people weighed in on this often controversial topic.

Though South Slope wasn't an option on the map when the project started, several readers took the time to stake out South Slope's boundaries and request that the neighborhood be added to the list.

Most said the heart of the South Slope runs between Ninth and 20th streets and Fifth and Seventh avenues.

Even more people claimed Greenwood Heights — though the neighborhood only amounts to about nine blocks, according to locals' drawings. The majority said it's between 20th and 23rd street and Fourth and Seventh avenues.

In Park Slope, most agreed with the rough boundaries of Flatbush Avenue, 15th Street, Prospect Park West and Fourth Avenue. Interestingly, newcomers to the neighborhood seemed to think Park Slope is smaller than long-time residents. People who've been here five years or less drew tighter boundaries than residents of 20 or more years.

There's some basis in history for that — Park Slope has been known to sprawl as far south as 39th Street, according to the 1939 WPA Guide to New York City.

Think your neighbors got it wrong? You can still draw your neighborhood's boundaries here.

See below for a look at reader opinions on where Park Slope starts and stops.