Brooklyn

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    Feb 18, 2009 4:04 PM GMT
    So 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?
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    Feb 18, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    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.

    Rob

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    Feb 18, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
    the guy above me hit a lot of the good things already, but 86th street and 11th ave is pretty good shopping and eating.
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    Feb 18, 2009 8:22 PM GMT
    NOTHING

    Astoria Queens is way cooler!!
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    Feb 18, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    Born in Park Slope, raised and live in Clinton Hill... Not only trees grow here!

    Here in BK we've got tons of stuff. We've got the the Brooklyn Promenade, one of the few places where you can get a great view of the NYC skyline. We've got awesome parks, museums, and up and coming neighborhoods such as Williamsburg (hipster central). They've got kick ass bars and clubs without the bitchy attitude you get in the city. Heck, we even just got a new Ikea store this past summer... can't find that in Manhattan. it's not the same if someone tells you about it, you just have to experience it.

    I took these shots this past summer, they are at the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights...

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    In the second pic, you can see the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State building in the background.

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    Feb 18, 2009 10:29 PM GMT
    jprichva saidI lived in Brooklyn for ten years, and I recommend it to anyone. I was in Park Slope during the time my kids were small. Now that my daughter is grown, she's moved back to the Slope herself. A truly great neighborhood.


    slope is awesome, and the park is totally underrated to it's big brother in manhattan..

    when i think brooklyn i think hipsters and the best steak and pizza in the city...grimaldi's and peter louger's ftw...sorry wolfgang, it ain't the same

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    Feb 19, 2009 1:02 PM GMT
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    Oh the Promenade! How could I forget about it??!!
    I had some wonderful afternoons here with my buddies.
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    Feb 19, 2009 1:05 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 said
    Devilboy77 said

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    Oh the Promenade! How could I forget about it??!!
    I had some wonderful afternoons here with my buddies.


    It might be from all the fumes you breathed in coming from the BQE which goes directly under it
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    Feb 19, 2009 1:15 PM GMT
    chungo44 said
    SAHEM62896 said
    Devilboy77 said

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    Oh the Promenade! How could I forget about it??!!
    I had some wonderful afternoons here with my buddies.


    It might be from all the fumes you breathed in coming from the BQE which goes directly under it


    I don't doubt it... but that still doesn't change the fact that it's a great part of Brooklyn. Even the neighborhood out there is kinda picturesque... BQE underneath or not!
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    Feb 19, 2009 1:21 PM GMT
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    Feb 19, 2009 3:08 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 said
    chungo44 said
    SAHEM62896 said
    Devilboy77 said

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    Oh the Promenade! How could I forget about it??!!
    I had some wonderful afternoons here with my buddies.


    It might be from all the fumes you breathed in coming from the BQE which goes directly under it


    I don't doubt it... but that still doesn't change the fact that it's a great part of Brooklyn. Even the neighborhood out there is kinda picturesque... BQE underneath or not!


    Oy... Chungo, what is up with all the hate against Brooklyn? Did you get mugged or something?? ha ha. Dude, I agree, Astoria is pretty kickass in itself, but the original poster was interested in Brooklyn.

    Sahem... It probably was the fumes that made visiting the Promenade all that much more memorable... I ain't gonna lie.... ha ha icon_lol.gif However, like you said... the Neighborhood is like one huge postcard, it rocks!
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    Feb 21, 2009 3:38 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the responses guys! Wow, Brooklyn has alot of love in the house! Another question, where do you reckon would be the best place for a recent art graduate to live in? I'm guessing Williamsburgh as I take artsy hipsters live there.