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Neighborhood Know-It-All Strikes Again

Nov 17, 2008 11:22 AM | 3 comments

As the largest of the five boroughs, Brooklyn has tons of neighborhoods, enclaves, and nooks and crannies to explore. Each area has its own distinct flavor from the backgrounds of the people who live there to the geography/landscape to the celebrations/customs/food those people bring; each neighborhood is like a mini-country within this great borough. So not surprisingly, the best neighborhood to get lost in/explore was a hotly contested topic.

Here’s where our staff netted out:
1) Bay Ridge: “Great restaurants and bars, 86th street shopping and Century 21, walk along the Narrows and see the Statue of Liberty, the Verrazano Bridge...”                                                                                                            

2) Coney Island (tied for second): “There are a myriad of activities and characters along the boardwalk.” 

2) Brooklyn Heights (tied for second): “The promenade and houses are gorgeous - and there is plenty of shopping and food on Montague street. A great place to wander.” 

2) Red Hook (tied for second): “There are still signs of the ship building era, alongside quirky touches of local artists...”  

The most diplomatic of staff said it best: “Any neighborhood you don't know is good for this.” What's your favorite neighborhood to wander? Are there any good/better ones we left off our list?

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11/21/2008 4:22:50 PM #

Park Slope is my favorite, followed by Bedford Stuyvesant.  Both feature wonderful brownstones designed by some of Brooklyn's best architects, with glorious facades.  In Bed Stuy, Hancock Street is simply wonderful with several building facades designed together to look like one huge mansion.  In Park Slope I love wandering down 5th or 7th Avenues and going up to the park where the ravine is like being in a forest.

Karen Vaughan

11/28/2008 9:06:34 AM #

You have a mistake in this article. Queens is the largest borough in square miles.


12/2/2008 10:40:15 AM #

Hi Debbie-
thanks for the correction; I always thought Brooklyn was the largest, but it seems Queens is:

However, Brooklyn is the most populous: