ELLEN FREUDENHEIM is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn. She’s written eight books including five NYC guides, including four about Brooklyn, and Queens: What to Do, Where to Go (and How Not to Get Lost) in New York’s Undiscovered Borough. She likes to bike, cook, chill with friends and family—and explore Brooklyn.

When Freudenheim moved to Park Slope in the previous millennium, her suburban mother said disapprovingly, “Brooklyn!? Honey, don’t you know that’s a place people leave?”

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