About this Book

brooklyn-guidebookYou know for sure that Brooklyn has arrived when Parisians use the phrase “tres Brooklyn” to mean something’s cool.

Come explore the borough to get a firsthand sense of Brooklyn’s very own salad of cultures and styles, neighborhoods and creative outlets, a vibrant mix that makes Brooklyn the culinary, artistic, music and entrepreneurial hot house it is today.

Using this guide (and its walking tours), experience authentic “old Brooklyn,” from Flatbush to Brooklyn Heights to Coney Island. Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. Ogle Manhattan’s skyline from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Enjoy “new Brooklyn!” Shop, nosh, and rock out. Feel the cultural buzz in dozens of places” Bushwick’s galleries, BAM’s theaters, and live music, slams and readings in DUMBO, Williamsburg and, well, everywhere. Have a conversation in a café, on a bus, at a bar, with a local who will tell you how it is. Even if you’re an armchair traveler, The Brooklyn Experience will paint a memorable mental picture of this world-famous place.

In a friendly, over-the-backyard-fence tone, the author reveals what celebrities live and lived here, and cites dozens of famous books and movies that depict Brooklyn neighborhoods from Coney Island to Flatbush. You will learn a little Yiddish and some local slang, get the scoop about the upside and downside of Brooklyn’s recent rapid gentrification, get a sense of living inside a 20 x 60 foot brownstone home, and learn about Brooklyn’s first ever, still emerging 21st century skyline. Oh, and take a walk down the street to see Woody Allen’s childhood haunts.

Plus, you can hear voices of dozens of real Brooklynites, past and present. Freudenheim conducted exclusive interviews with sixty movers and shakers —from the James Beard Foundation, the Brooklyn Book Festival, diverse community activists, and MacArthur “genius” award winners. She unearthed telling quotes from famous Brooklynites such as Walt Whitman. The cofounder of the Brooklyn Brewery wrote a Foreword to the book; veteran journalist Pete Hamill praised it.

Planning a trip? Navigational tips and listings of 800 restaurants, pizzerias, bars, shops, cultural destinations, and blogs make Brooklyn accessible.

Rutgers, Press Release


Table Of Contents

Foreword by Steven Hindy, cofounder and chairman, Brooklyn Brewery

Preface and Acknowledgments
How to Use This Book

Section 1: Welcome To Brooklyn
Brooklyn at a Glance

The Brooklyn Bridge

Section 2: Old Brooklyn And New Brooklyn

Old and Historical Brooklyn

The New Brooklyn

Section 3: The Neighborhoods 

How to Visit a Brooklyn Neighborhood 

Bay Ridge and Fort Hamilton

Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights

Boerum Hill

Borough Park

Brighton Beach

Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade


Canarsie and East New York

Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill

Clinton Hill

Columbia Waterfront District 
Coney Island

Crown Heights

Downtown Brooklyn and Fulton Mall
Dumbo, Fulton Ferry Waterfront, and Vinegar Hill


Fort Greene



Greenwood Heights 

Marine Park

Mill Basin and Floyd Bennett Field

Park Slope

Prospect Heights and Pacific Park

Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Red Hook

Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach

Sunset Park 

Windsor Terrace and Kensington

Section 4: Where To Go, What To Do

Brooklyn’s Cultural Science: Fifteen Best Bets

Eating and Drinking in Brooklyn: 400 Amazing Restaurants

Shopping in Brooklyn: Over 260 Places to Shop

Brooklyn’s Waterfront and Parks

Section 5: Visitor Information

DIY Tours

Forty Things to Do with Kids

Monthly Calendar

Tips: Accommodations, Transportation, Safety, Blogs

Bibliography: Seventy-Five Works of Fiction Set in Brooklyn


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