Brooklyn's awesome! Amazing! I hate to sound like Marty Markowitz, but the truth is, there IS great food, amazing history, diverse neighborhoods, wonderful street life, vibrant politics, excellent biking, very interesting cultural institutions including a few you've likely never heard of, festivals galore, and above all smart, street-wise, interesting people. I love writing about Brooklyn...and hope you'll let me know what's happening in your corner of this 2.6 million city-within-the-city.
Like that old Lennon line about life is what happens when you're making other plans, I've been writing about Brooklyn, on and off, for over 20 years.
I've seen neighborhoods morph and get renamed, watched as the Brooklyn Bridge became a must-see for tourists across the world, and celebrated Brooklyn's re-emergence as a dynamic, diverse, dynamite place to work, live, eat, and raise a family.
I've written 7 nonfiction books — including three (now out-of-date)guidebooks to Brooklyn, the award-winning Brooklyn: The Ultimate Guide to New York’s Most Happening Borough, published by St. Martin’s Press. It won a travel award, which called it a "comprehensive guide to an underrated destination." Underrated no more! My first book about Brooklyn was the first commercially published guide to Brooklyn for over a half-century.
By 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!