TheEndandTheBeginning saidSo besides that bus load of hotties in the Real World house, what else has Brooklyn got to offer? I've heard great things about its art and music scene and was thinking about heading there after I graduate from Temple University here in Philadelphia. Any Brooklynites here on RJ?
Not a Brooklynite, but...
The Brooklyn Museum is the nation's second largest public art museum with unbelievably great exhibits. BAM hosts the 'Next Wave Festival' every year with great artists. The DUMBO arts district.is a fantastic area for browsing and showcases incredibly talented artists.
The Jewish community is the largest outside Israel (and the J Deli's are second to no one) mostly in Borough Park, Williamsburg, Flatbush, Gravesend, and Crown Heights.
Coney Island is still worth an afternoons stroll.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is supposed to be one of the nations finest; I don't doubt it for a second. I especially liked the Japanese pond and garden and the water lily pond.
Prospect Park is an absolute oasis; with beautiful open public spaces year round (including NYC's only forest (Last year my company was hunting for real estate bargains in NYC. In addition to the two commercial pieces we bought in Manhattan, Iain and I bought an old Brownstone overlooking the park that was up for short sale - its rented now, but someday our plan is to remodel and use it as our base in NY - beautiful old place: no way we could have afforded anything close to it in Manhattan).
I'm a huge fan of Andrew Zimmern and DVR all his shows - a while back he did a show on places in NY and featured a great place in Red Hook that I really want to try next time I am there:
"Red Hook Ball Fields [249 Brighton Beach Ave]: Andrew Zimmern and Tony Bourdain dined on pork huaraches, beef quesadillas, seafood ceviche and pupusas. Every weekend, from May through October, 13 or so food vendors line up along the two streets that border the Red Hook Recreation Area. They dish out Mexican, Caribbean, and South and Central American specialties." - from the Travel Network website. They also went to Brighton Beach and the M & I International Market (someplace else I really want to see next time I am in the city).
There are many large ethnic neighborhoods, including African-American and Caribbean, Polish, Russian, Irish (some great Irish bars - loved Mullanes [sports bar w/ great fish and chips and burgers] - 71 Lafayette Ave. , right near BAM and the Brooklyn flea market) Hispanic, Chinese, etc...
Also try a visit to Rocky Sullivan's ( 34 Van Dyke St.) for a taste of what a real Irish pub should be. They have great bands, live author readings every week, and during the summer at least the rooftop deck has great views of the Manhattan skyline.
Yeah - I kinda began to like it more than Manhattan - much more friendly and 'liveable'. Visit and have fun. Let me know what you think.