About this Book
You 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.
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
Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade
Canarsie and East New York
Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill
Columbia Waterfront District Coney Island
Downtown Brooklyn and Fulton Mall Dumbo, Fulton Ferry Waterfront, and Vinegar Hill
Mill Basin and Floyd Bennett Field
Prospect Heights and Pacific Park
Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach
Sunset Park Williamsburg
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
Forty Things to Do with Kids
Tips: Accommodations, Transportation, Safety, Blogs
Bibliography: Seventy-Five Works of Fiction Set in Brooklyn
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