Feb 27, 2007

Best Pizza in Brooklyn

L & B Spumoni Gardens, originally uploaded by tangentialism.

There is definitely a pizza battle brewing in Brooklyn. For years there has been a lock on the top of the pizza charts with Grimaldi's and if you could make it out to Coney Island for Tottonno's, you had a close second. Now there are a few new-comers to the scene and they are toping the charts. Fornino has taken the number one spot on the citysearch charts and now half of the best pizza in the all of New York City is in Brooklyn.

Here is a list of the top pizza places in Brooklyn. If you have any to add please feel free to add to the comments section of this post.

Grimaldi's - 19 Old Fulton St.(under the Brooklyn Bridge)
L&B Spumoni Gardens - 2725 86th St. (between Aves. U and V), Bensonhurst
Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano - 1524 Neptune Ave.(between 16 & 17th Sts.), Coney Island
Two Boots - 514 2nd St. (between 7th & 8th Aves), Park Slope
DiFara's - 1424 Avenue J (East 15th), Bay Ridge
Savoia - 277 Smith St , Brooklyn , NY , 11231
Fornino - 187 Bedford Ave , Williamsburg - Brooklyn , NY , 11211

Feb 26, 2007

French Brooklyn - Top French Restuarants and Cafes

Petanque on Smith Street, originally uploaded by Jon Cronin.

We all know that French people have a passion for great food, relaxed country style and cafe living. (Not to mention their extremely sophisticated palettes) So, it is no wonder that they have some of the best restaurants in Brooklyn. I started noticing over the past 7 years that South Brooklyn is changing and it is no longer an Italian dominated neighborhood scene - but - it is becoming "Little France". (This could explain the over reaction of Italian Americans parading into French bistros with their enormous flags on Smith Street after the World Cup) - I have a hard time finding two good Italian bakeries and one great Italian restaurant in the Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. But I have no trouble finding 30 amazing, colorful, fun, charming, clean, fresh, tasty and authentic French Restaurants/Cafes in the same area and beyond. In areas like Fort Greene, Red Hook, and the South Slope the menus are full of delicious French choices. I have put together a list here for you and if you know of any French Restaurants I am missing PLEASE let me know!

Patois - 255 Smith St | Btwn Douglass & Degraw
Bar Tabac - 128 Smith St | At Dean St
- 409 Atlantic Ave | At Bond St
242 Court
Bouillabaisse 126
- 126 Union St
Le Petite Café - 502 Court St [Nelson]
French deli – On Clinton and Amity
Petite Crevette - 144 Hicks St Union
360 - 360 Van Brunt St | Btwn Sullivan & Wolcott St
Belleville - 330 5th Ave | At 5th St
Cafe Lafayette - 99 S Portland St | At Fulton St
Cafe Nova 210 Court St | At Warren St
Cafe Scaramouche - 524 Court St | At Huntington St
Chance - 223 Smith St | At Butler St
Chez Oskar - 211 Dekalb Ave | Btwn Clermont Ave & Adelphi St
Cocotte - 337 5th Ave | Btwn 3rd & 4th St
iCi- 246 Dekalb Ave | Btwn Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave
Jolie 320 Atlantic Ave | Btwn Smith & Hoyt
Le Gamin Cafe 556 Vanderbilt Ave | Btwn Dean & Bergen St
Loulou - 222 Dekalb Ave | Btwn Adelphi & Clermont St
Moutarde 239 5th Ave | At Carroll
Pit Stop 127 Columbia St | Btwn Kane & Degraw
Provence en Boite 263 Smith St
Red Cafe - 78 5th Ave | Btwn St. Mark's Ave & Prospect
Marquet Patisser - 221 CourtSt. [Warren]
Robin Des Bois195 Smith St | Btwn Warren & Baltic

BookCourt's Top Books About Brooklyn

There are three bookstores within three blocks of my house. They range from: The Community Bookstore which is a collection of mostly used books in a catacomb like setting on the corner of Warren and Court Street (Not to be missed). The Barnes and Noble "GIGA-Book-PLEX" on 106 Court. And my favorite place - BookCourt on Court and Pacific. After browsing the more organized Barnes and Noble I head over to BookCourt to buy the books there. Yesterday I stopped by and put together a list of the books they had about Brooklyn. Here are the links and if you can go there and buy them even better!

  1. Brooklyn Is¿Southeast of the Island: Travel Notes by James Agee and Jonathan Lethem
  2. The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher by Debby Applegate
  3. The Brooklyn Follies: A Novel by Paul Auster
  4. Brookland: A Novel by Emily Barton
  5. Brooklyn by Name: How the Neighborhoods, Streets, Parks, Bridges and More Got Their Names by Leonard Benardo and Jennifer Weiss
  6. The Neighborhoods of Brooklyn (Neighborhoods of New York City) by Kenneth T. Jackson and John B. Manbeck
  7. The Brooklyn Rail Fiction Anthology by Donald Breckenridge and Jen Zoble
  8. History of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn in Ireland and America by Emmett Corry
  9. How Music Grew in Brooklyn: A Biography of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra by Maurice Edwards
  10. PatchWork Planet
  11. Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
  12. Fortress of Solitude
  13. The Brooklyn Bridge: The story of the world's most famous bridge and the remarkable family that built it. (Wonders of the World Book) by Elizabeth Mann and Alan Witschonke
  14. Water Street by Patricia Reilly Giff
  15. Metropolis: A Novel by Elizabeth Gaffney
  16. An Unlikely Cat Lady: Feral Adventures in the Backyard Jungle by Nina Malkin
  17. The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
  18. The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough
  19. Brooklyn: A State of Mind by Michael W. Robbins and Wendy Palitz
  20. The Brooklyn Reader: Thirty Writers Celebrate America's Favorite Borough by Andrea Wyatt and Alice Leccese Powers
  21. The Buddha from Brooklyn: A Tale of Spiritual Seduction by Martha Sherrill
  22. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (P.S.) by Betty Smith
  23. The Skin Between Us: A Memoir of Race, Beauty, and Belonging by Kym Ragusa
  24. Brooklyn: An Illustrated History (Critical Perspectives on the Past) by Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier
  25. Not for Tourists Guide to Brooklyn 2007 (Not for Tourists)
  26. Brooklyn Bridge by Lynn Curlee
  27. Streetwise Brooklyn (Streetwise) by Michael Brown
  28. Flying over Brooklyn by Myron Uhlberg
  29. Old Brooklyn in Early Photographs, 1865-1929 by William Lee Younger
  30. Jews of Brooklyn (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life) by Ilana Abramovitch and Sean Galvin
  31. Beer School: Bottling Success at the Brooklyn Brewery by Steve Hindy, Tom Potter, and Michael R. Bloomberg
  32. Battle of Brooklyn 1776 by John J. Gallagher

Feb 23, 2007

A Brooklyn Pizza Tour?

spaghetti e mandolino, originally uploaded by .:artemisia:.

Like Pizza? It's a bus ride away!

“A Slice Of Brooklyn Pizza Tour” invites New Yorkers and tourists alike to climb aboard the city’s only guided bus tour of Brooklyn’s BEST pizzerias. For one low price this 4 1/2 hour foodie romp through Brooklyn includes pizza, soft drinks and an audio-visual historical tour of Brooklyn’s famous movie locations, landmarks and points of interest. During this 4 1/2 hour pizza tour you’ll learn about and see some of the things that have made Brooklyn famous...

Feb 21, 2007

Harvey Keitel or Woody Allen? Brooklyn's Most Famous?

woody, originally uploaded by red betty black.

The list of celebrities from Brooklyn is long and growing. I linked the list to Wikipedia from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's walk of fame. - The Celebrity Path - "At irregular intervals along the way, approximately 100 artists, poets, performers, and athletes who were born or have lived in Brooklyn are honored, from Walt Whitman to Barbra Streisand"

How many names do you know?

F. Murray Abraham, Carl Abrams, Joey Adams, Woody Allen, Isaac Asimov, Lauren Bacall, Joseph Barbera, Dave Barry, Gene Barry, Daniel Benzali, Jay Black, Eubie Blake, Joe Bologna, Clara Bow, Mel Brooks, Julie Budd, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Cantor, Betty Carter, Jack Carter, Harry Chapin, Dane Clark, Kim Coles, Betty Comden, Didi Conn, Pat Cooper, Aaron Copland, John Corigliano, Howard Cossell, Vic Damone, Tony Danza, Elaine deKooning, Dom De Luise, Alan M. Dershowitz, Neil Diamond, Richard Dreyfuss, Eliot Feld, Harvey Fierstein, Fyvush Finkel, Phil Foster, Vincent Gardenia, George Gershwin, Jack Gilford, Jackie Gleason, Marty Glickman, Louis Gossett, Jr., Elliott Gould, Arlo Guthrie, Marty Gunty, Woody Guthrie, Buddy Hackett, Moss Hart, Connie Hawkins, Susan Hayward, Gil Hayward, Rita Hayworth, Gregory Hines, Gil Hodges, Celeste Holm, Lena Horne, Edward Everett Horton, Harry Houdini, Anne Jackson, Lainie Kazan, Danny Kaye, Ezra Jack Keats, Harvey Keitel, Alan King, Carole King, Larry King, Bernie Kopell, Sandy Koufax, Lee Krasner, Martin Landau, Julius La Rosa, Jacob Lawrence, Steve Lawrence, Harvey Lichtenstein, Tony Lo Bianco, Vince Lombardi, Leonard Lopate, Phillip Lopate, Norman Mailer, Barry Manilow, Paule Marshall, Peter Max, Frank McCourt, Anne Meara, Robert Merrill, Arthur Miller, Stephanie Mills, Marianne Moore, Mary Tyler Moore, Esai Morales, Cousin Brucie Morrow, Arnold Moss, Zero Mostel, Joseph Papirofsky, Joseph Papp, Floyd Patterson, Beverly Pepper, S. J. Perelman, Rosie Perez, The Persuasions, Noel W. Pointer, Sr., Martha Raye, Sal Richards, The Ritz Brothers, Joan Rivers, Max Roach, Lucille Roberts, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Rooney, Stanley Ralph Ross, Howard J. Rubenstein, John Saxon, Jack Scalia, Neil Sedaka, Maurice Sendak, Roger Sessions, Ben Shahn, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Beverly Sills, Phil Silvers, Neil Simon, Betty Smith, Jimmy Smits, Paul Sorvino, Barbara Stanwyck, John Steptoe, Connie Stevens, Jerry Stiller, Barbra Streisand, Irving Thalberg, Gene Tierney, Marisa Tomei, George Tooker, Joe Torre, Richard Tucker, John Turturro, Brenda Vaccaro, Ben Vereen, Abe Vigoda, Joe Viterelli, Eli Wallach, Harry Warren, Wendy Wasserstein , Randy Weston, Mae West, Walt Whitman, Lenny Wilkens, Shelley Winters, Lillias White, Henny Youngman, Judith Zuk

Top Movies In or About Brooklyn

bklyn in chcgo, originally uploaded by fueledbycoffee.

There have been numerous movies set in or about Brooklyn and I've tried to capture the top 25 movies about this complex and dynamic borough here for your enjoyment. Please feel free to comment and add any that you think I might have missed!

Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Once Upon a Time in America
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Moonstruck (1987)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Requiem For a Dream (2000)
The Warriors (1979)
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Smoke and Blue In The Face (both 1995)
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975; dir: Sidney Lumet)
The Little Fugitive (1953; dir: Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin)
Prizzi’s Honor (1985; dir: John Huston)
Little Odessa (1994; dir: James Gray)
The Lords of Flatbush (1974; dir: Stephen Verona, Martin Davidson)
Bye Bye Braverman (1968; dir: Sidney Lumet)
Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2006)

Crooklyn (1994)
Jungle Fever (1991)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
Brighton Beach Memoirs
She’s Gotta Have it 1986

Feb 16, 2007

Steve's Key Lime Pies - Red Hook

Steve's Key Lime Pies, originally uploaded by Jon Cronin.

If you find yourself in one of the most beautiful places in Brooklyn, Red Hook on the waterfront - don't forget to find the best gem of the area. I am speaking about Steve's Key Lime Pies. They have the freshest key limes right from Florida and the don't sell slices! Sit on the bench, eat a pie, and enjoy the sun setting over the water and New Jersey.

Feb 14, 2007

Red Hook Throne

Red Hook Throne, originally uploaded by Jon Cronin.

Down in Red Hook things are changing, Mr. Cronin takes this beautiful shot of the Revere Sugar Dome. Thor Equities is removing pieces of the dome each day. You can check out the full story at The Gowanus Lounge.
The Gowanus Lounge: Demolition Porn Video: Revere Gets Another Blow (Torch) Job

Feb 13, 2007

Manhattan Bridge

DUMBO, originally uploaded by Jon Cronin.

The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River in New York City, connecting Lower Manhattan with Brooklyn. The bridge was opened on December 31, 1909 and was designed and built by Polish bridge engineer Ralph Modjeski. It has 4 vehicle lanes on the upper level (split between two roadways), and 3 vehicle lanes, 4 subway tracks, a walkway and a bikeway on the lower level. The upper level has 2 lanes in each direction, and the lower level can be one-way in peak direction or have 2 lanes in one direction and the other in the opposite direction. No tolls are charged for motor vehicles to use Manhattan Bridge.

A new pedestrian walkway opened on the south side of the bridge in June 2001. It was also used by bicycles until late summer 2004, when a dedicated bicycle path was opened on the north side of the bridge.

* Span 1,470 ft (448 m)
* anchorage-anchorage length 2,920 ft (890 m)
* total length 6,855 ft (2,089 m)

Excerpt from Wikipedia

Feb 9, 2007

What happend to Kings Theatre?

What happend to Kings Theatre?, originally uploaded by Jon Cronin.

Marty Markowitz the president of Brooklyn annouced that he was going to renovate this long forgotten theatre on Flatbush ave in Central Brooklyn!

The River Cafe - Brooklyn

The River Cafe, originally uploaded by Jon Cronin.

This photo from Jon Cronin says it all.

The view, the food and of course the fact that this is floating on the water, makes this the best spot to have a glass of champagne in all of New York City.

Feb 8, 2007

Grimaldi's Pizza!

Camera Time, originally uploaded by baobee.

By far the best pizza in New York City!

Brief History from Wikipedia

Patsy Grimaldi, the founder of Grimaldi's, learned to make pizza at his uncle Patsy Lancieri's pizzeria in 1941 at age ten. He eventually opened his own restaurant, Patsy's Pizzeria, in Brooklyn. Grimaldi originally planned to build it in Manhattan. However, he believed that coal-fired brick ovens produced the best pizza, and it was illegal to build new coal ovens in Manhattan. As a result, he moved to the current location under the Brooklyn Bridge. Eventually, Grimaldi sold the naming rights to a corporation and had to change the name of his restaurant to Grimaldi's.

Top Ten Things to Do In Brooklyn for Valentines Day

Hand in Hand - Brooklyn Bridge - by Norman Parkinson,
originally uploaded by Alexandra F.

1) Stroll around the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden
3) Dine at the River Café
4) Enjoy Bargemusic!
5) Ride the Cyclone at Coney Island
6) BAM Rose Cinema and BAMCafé
7) The Gowanus Canal
8) Ice Skating at Prospect Park's Wollman Rink
9) The Brooklyn Museum
10) Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge

More from About.com

Feb 7, 2007

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

piece of a bridge, originally uploaded by nj dodge.
Excerpt from Wikipedia

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is a double-decked suspension bridge that connects the boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn in New York City at the Narrows, the reach connecting the relatively protected upper bay with the larger lower bay. The bridge is named for Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first known European navigator to enter New York Harbor and the Hudson River. It has a center span of 4,260 feet (1,298 m) and was the largest suspension bridge in the world from the time of its completion in 1964 until 1981. It now has the seventh longest center span in the world but still is the largest suspension bridge in the United States.

Feb 6, 2007

Coney Island Cyclone

Life's up and downs, originally uploaded by CATeyes.
From Wikipedia
The Cyclone roller coaster, built in 1927, is one of the nation's oldest wooden coasters still in operation. A favorite of some coaster aficionados, the Cyclone includes a 85-foot, 60 degree drop. It is currently owned by Astroland.


crack in the ceiling, originally uploaded by dr.snitch.
Excerpt from Wikipedia

DUMBO (an acronym for "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass") is the popular name of a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. It encompasses two sections; one located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, which connect Brooklyn to Manhattan across the East River, and another which continues east from the Manhattan Bridge and borders the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Vinegar Hill area, and the hotly contested mansions of Commodore's Row.

DUMBO was known as an artists' haven, as many of the expansive warehouses in the neighborhood have been renovated into loft space. However, in recent years, as property has become more and more valuable in Manhattan, this neighborhood has also increasingly gentrified, pricing out many of the artists.

Celebrity chef Jacques Torres opened a chocolate factory in December 2000 in DUMBO. Other famous culinary institutions in the area include Fulton Ferry, Bargemusic, Grimaldi's Pizzeria, the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, and the River Café. The One Old Fulton Street building, which houses the landmark Pete's Downtown Restaurant, is located in DUMBO.

One of DUMBO's main attractions is its excellent views of the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and Lower Manhattan. There are several public places where these views can be enjoyed. These include Fulton Ferry, Empire-Fulton State Park and the newly constructed Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn Bridge Park is currently planned for further expansion within a few years potentially expanding the waterfront park area even more

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery, originally uploaded by ed.dame.

Excerpt from Wikipedia

Brooklyn Brewery was started in 1984 by former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and former Chemical Bank lending officer Tom Potter. Hindy learned to brew beer during a six year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria, where possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages were forbidden. Upon his return to his home to Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor, quit their jobs and founded the brewery.

The pair hired graphic designer Milton Glaser, best known as the creator of the logo for the I Love New York campaign, to create the company logo and identity. Originally all their beer was brewed by contract by Matt Brewing Company, and the pair started their own distribution company and personally transported and marketed their beer to bars and retailers around New York City. Later, they acquired a former matzo ball factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and converted it into a functional brewery. Although the brewery is looking to expand its brewing capacity in the City, at present most of the production, included all Brooklyn Lager and all bottled products, are brewed by contract in upstate New York, in Utica, due to the limited ability to meet demand at the Williamsburg brewery, its lack of a bottling line, and the cost benefits of contract brewing.

At their Williamsburg location, they offer guided tours on Saturdays starting at noon and beer tastings on Friday nights from 6pm to 11pm.

Their site was designed by thehappycorp.

Brooklyn Museum

Excerpt from Wikipedia

The Brooklyn Museum, located at 200 Eastern Parkway, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, is the second largest art museum in New York City, and one of the largest in the United States. Arnold L. Lehman is the museum's Director.

One of the premier art institutions in the world, its permanent collection includes more than one-and-a-half million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and the art of many other cultures. Housed in a 560,000 square foot (52,000 m²), Beaux-Arts building, approximately 500,000 patrons visit the museum each year. Located in Central Brooklyn, the museum is a half-hour from midtown Manhattan and about 15minutes from downtown Brooklyn, and is serviced by the Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum IRT subway 2/3 station, and the nearby Botanic Garden station of the BMT Franklin Avenue Shuttle. The Museum is located on Eastern Parkway, at Washington Avenue, and is on the same parcel of land that contains the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Mount Prospect Park, and the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

The Brooklyn Museum exhibits collections that seek to embody the rich artistic heritage of world cultures. The museum sits at the border of the Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and Flatbush neighborhoods. It is near Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

Brooklyn Nets Basketball

Excerpt from AtlanticYards.com

In 2004 FCRC CEO Bruce Ratner led an investment team that successfully bid for the New Jersey Nets. He is now the principal owner of the team, and plans to bring Brooklyn its first major professional sports team in half a century when the Nets move to the borough by the 2009-2010 season.
Full Story

Feb 5, 2007

Subway Museum Brooklyn

Subway Museum, originally uploaded by Jon Cronin.

Excerpt from New York Transit Museum site

The New York Transit Museum, one of the city's leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier institutions of its kind in the world. The Museum explores the development of the greater New York Metropolitan region through the presentations of exhibitions, tours, educational programs, and workshops dealing with the cultural, social, and technological history of public transportation. Since it's inception over a quarter century ago, the Museum, housed in a historic 1936 IND subway station in Brooklyn Heights, has grown in scope and popularity. As custodian and interpreter of the region's extensive public transportation networks, the Museum strives to share, through its public programs, this rich and vibrant history with local, regional, and international audiences.

The New York Transit Museum is located at the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights

Subway: 2 3 4 5* to Borough Hall, M R to Court Street, A C G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn Street, A C F to Jay Street/Borough Hall.

Swoon in Red Hook

swoon, originally uploaded by f.trainer.

Excerpt from Wikipedia

Swoon is a female street artist from New York who specializes in life-size wheatpaste prints and paper cutouts of figures. She started doing street art around 1999. She studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Swoon does not release her real name to the public to avoid prosecution for vandalism crimes associated with street art.

Swoon's worlds are often populated by realistically rendered cut-out street people, often her friends and family. Riding bikes, talking on a stoop, going grocery shopping - these people traverse a cityscape of her own unique invention. Bridges, fire escapes, water towers and street signs create crisscrossing shadows and spaces through which her figures move. Inspired by both art historical and folk sources, ranging from German Expressionist wood block prints to Indonesian shadow puppets, Swoon uses cut paper to play with positive and negative space in a conceptually driven exploration of the experience of the streets.

Swoon has been covering the streets of New York with her signature cutouts for over six years. Often found in states of decay, her wheat-pasted cut outs “collaborate” with the street to create a time-based public artwork. In conjunction with her collective Toyshop, she has executed projects ranging from billboard alterations and poster campaigns, to street parties and sculptural installations. Her recent work has focused on creating peepholes throughout the city in subtle places where, once discovered, the viewer can glimpse a hidden dream world through the unassuming aperture.

Swoon on Flickr

Minerva statue hailing Liberty

Greenwood_10, originally uploaded by Pro-Zak.

Excerpt from Wikipedia

Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 as a rural cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, it was granted National Historic Landmark status in 2006 by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

It is several blocks west of Prospect Park. In The New York Times it was said to be the "ambition of the New Yorker to live upon the Fifth Avenue, to take his airings in the Central Park, and to sleep with his fathers in Green-Wood". Inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where a cemetery in a naturalistic park-like landscape in the English manner was first established, Green-Wood was able to take advantage of the varied topography provided by glacial moraines. Battle Hill, the highest point in Brooklyn, is on cemetery grounds.

The cemetery was the idea of Henry Evelyn Pierrepoint, a Brooklyn social leader. It was a popular tourist attraction in the 1850s and was the place most famous New Yorkers who died during the second half of the nineteenth century were buried. It is still an operating cemetery with approximately 600,000 graves spread out over 478 acres (191 ha). The rolling hills and dales, several ponds and an on-site chapel provide an environment that still draws visitors. On weekends cars are allowed on cemetery grounds. There are several famous monuments located there, including a statue of DeWitt Clinton and a Civil War Memorial. During the Civil War, Green-Wood Cemetery created the "Soldiers' Lot" for free veterans' burials.

Brooklyn for Visitors

The “must do” for a day trip to Brooklyn are:

  1. walk over the Brooklyn Bridge
  2. be photographed at Fulton Ferry Landing (next to the Brooklyn Bridge)
  3. view Manhattan and the East River from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade
  4. walk through historic Brooklyn Heights and view its brownstone row houses
  5. walk through historic Park Slope and beautiful Prospect Park
  6. have a peek at the Brooklyn Museum’s Egyptian Collection
  7. have dinner on Smith Street in BoCoCa (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens)
  8. go on a nightly prowl in Williamsburg’s Northside (Bedford Avenue around 10th Street)
More Brooklyn tips at Brooklyn101.

Prospect Park

Prospect Park, originally uploaded by Soda O.

Exerpt from Wikipedia

Prospect Park is a 585[1] acre (2.1 km²) public park in the New York City borough of Brooklyn located between Park Slope, Kensington, Windsor Terrace and Flatbush Avenue, Grand Army Plaza and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and seven blocks north east of Green-Wood Cemetery. It is run and operated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux after they completed Manhattan's Central Park. Attractions include the Long Meadow, a ninety acre (36 ha) meadow thought to be the largest meadow in any U.S. park; the Picnic House which houses offices and a hall that can accommodate parties with up to 175 guests; Litchfield Villa, the historic home of the previous owners of the southern part of Park; Prospect Park Zoo; a large nature conservancy; the only urban Audubon Center & Visitor Center at the Boathouse; Brooklyn's only lake, covering 60 acres (24 ha); the Prospect Park Bandshell that hosts free outdoor concerts in summertime; and various sports and fitness activities including seven baseball fields. There is also a private Quaker cemetery on the grounds of the Park in an area known as Quaker Hill. (Actor Montgomery Clift is interred there.)

13 Helpful Brooklyn Links from Wikipedia

  1. Official site of the Brooklyn Borough President
  2. Brooklyn borough Czech info
  3. Brooklynx: Information and Culture
  4. Brooklyn1 - Thousands of historic and current photographs of Brooklyn.
  5. Brooklyn101 Brooklyn for Brooklynites and Visitors
  6. Air visit of all the districts of Brooklyn in photographs
  7. NewYorkDailyPhoto
  8. Guided Brooklyn Bus Tour
  9. Brooklyn Bands
  10. Brooklyn Road Runners Club: Running resources in and around Prospect Park, training for fun, races and the marathon
  11. Historic Bridge Plaza and DUMBO area of Brooklyn
  12. Maps and aerial photos Coordinates: 40.704234° -73.917927°

Brooklyn History

Satellite image showing Brooklyn, center. Manhattan is visible upper left. Staten Island is seen lower left, linked by the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

Satellite image showing Brooklyn.

Excerpt from Wikipedia

Brooklyn is located on the westernmost point of Long Island and shares its only land boundary with Queens to the northeast. The westernmost section of this boundary is defined by Newtown Creek, which flows into the East River.

Brooklyn's waterfront faces different bodies of water. Northern Brooklyn's coast is defined by the East River, while middle Brooklyn adjoins Upper New York Bay. This area of the waterfront features the Red Hook peninsula and the Erie Basin. Buttermilk Channel separates this part of the waterfront from Governors Island. Southwest is Gowanus Bay, connected to the Gowanus Canal. At its south westernmost section, Brooklyn is separated from Staten Island by the Narrows, where Upper and Lower New York Bay meet.

Brooklyn's southern coast includes the peninsula on which stretch Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Manhattan Beach. The southeastern coast lies on island-dotted Jamaica Bay.

The highest point in Brooklyn is the area around Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, rising approximately 200 feet above sea level. There is also a minor elevation in Downtown Brooklyn known as Brooklyn Heights.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the County has a total area of 251.0 km² (96.9 mi²). 182.9 km² (70.6 mi²) of it is land and 68.1 km² (26.3 mi²) of it is water. 27.13% of the total area is water.

Populations of wild Monk Parakeets, also known as the Quaker Parrot, live in Green-Wood Cemetery, Midwood, Marine Park, Bensonhurst, and Bay Ridge.

Atlantic Yards Design

Atlantic Yards Project can be found here.

Brooklyn Brdge Park

See the whole plan here

Brooklyn Record Links

37 Blogs from the Brooklyn Record
  1. 423 Smith
  2. 53 Boerum
  3. About Brooklyn
  4. A Brooklyn Life
  5. Across the Park
  6. Atlantic Yards Report
  7. Atlantic Yards Voter Guide
  8. b61 productions
  9. Bed Stuy Gateway
  10. Block Magazine
  11. Brit in Brooklyn
  12. Brooklyn Heights Blog
  13. Brooklyn Ramblings
  14. Brooklyn Vegan
  15. Brownstoner
  16. Calla Lillie
  17. Clintoncentric
  18. Clinton Hill Blog
  19. Daily Heights
  20. Daily Slope
  21. Dope on the Slope
  22. Eating Clinton Hill
  23. Eating for Brooklyn
  24. Englishman In New York
  25. F Train
  26. Free Williamsburg
  27. Gowanus Lounge
  28. justiNYC
  29. L Magazine
  30. Lex's Folly
  31. My Brooklyn Year
  32. Naparstek
  33. Newyorkology
  34. OTBKB
  35. Planet PLG
  36. Set Speed
  37. Sunset Parker

Brigitte Bardot at Robin Du Bois

What an Amazing place Robin Du Bois is! The Playboy PinBall, the antiques, the garden in the back, the food is back up there. The combination of all of these makes this my favorite place on Smith Street. It is the last true spot to lose yourself in French Brooklyn!