Ellen Freudenheim is the author of seven books, including three guidebooks to Brooklyn. The most recent was her award-winning Brooklyn: The Ultimate Guide to New York’s Most Happening Borough, published by St. Martin’s Press.
Ellen has lived in Brooklyn for over twenty years — and continues to enjoy exploring its many neighborhoods. Her earliest book about Brooklyn was the first commercially published guide to Brooklyn for over a half-century. Her last Brooklyn guide, 500 pages long, won a coveted American Society of Travel Writers award.
A freelance writer, and occasional blogger for the Huffington Post, Ellen is the author of over a half-dozen nonfiction books. She lives in Park Slope.
From Ellen Freudenheim:
I'll never forget the first time I visited Brooklyn, emerging out of the subway to a view of more sky and trees than I'd seen in months of living in Manhattan. I still love wandering around Brooklyn’s neighborhoods to see how they morph and change. Something's always happening — a new restaurant, a community garden, or some festival or parade. From Coney Island to Williamsburg galleries to locavore and ethnically authentic restaurants, one of my favorite pastimes is just to explore the borough, and see what's new.
Brooklyn's just about the right size: not too big, not too small. On its own, Brooklyn would be the seventh largest population center in the United States. But because the neighborhoods really constitute micro-communities, Brooklyn doesn't feel overwhelming or anonymous.
There's great energy and creativity in Brooklyn — not to mention great food. I hope to keep you posted on what's happening in Brooklyn, to share my discoveries with you, and to hear about your finds, too!