“Awesome Brooklyn deserves a book as inclusive as the borough itself is, and this title delivers. A nifty map, “Brooklyn at a Glance,” presents an overview of the area. The five sections include: “Welcome to Brooklyn,” “Old Brooklyn and New Brooklyn,” “The Neighborhoods,” “Where To Go and What To Do,” and “Visitor Information.” There are only a few (but very good) pictures, such as a seasonal factory that produces handmade matzo for Orthodox Jews. A staggering list of festivals includes: the Brooklyn Book Festival, AfroPunk Fest, and Grand Comics Festival.
The “Neighborhoods” section features maps, accommodations, events, and tips. In addition to restaurants, “Eating and Drinking” lists food trucks, farmers’ markets, and the cookbook shelf (a list of Brooklyn-oriented books). “Shopping” mentions an impressive 25 bookstores, not counting six specialist shops! “Visitor Information” offers DIY tours such as the Battle of Brooklyn and Revolutionary War sites by neighborhood.
Also included is an impressive monthly calendar and the usual accommodation suggestions, transportation and safety information, and blogs. An amusing and helpful glossary contains 30 words (e.g., slice: a slice of pizza, not an entire pie). The closing bibliography of 75 works set in Brooklyn is the perfect conclusion.
VERDICT Even those readers who think they know everything about this New York City borough will probably find a surprising tidbit in these pages.”
— Library Journal