From Paris to Rio, everyone’s curious about hot, new Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Experience, Ellen Freudenheim’s fourth comprehensive Brooklyn guidebook, offers a true insider’s guide, complete with photographs, itineraries, and insights into one of the most creative, dynamic cities in the modern world.
Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge at dawn or sunset, discover thirty-eight unique Brooklyn neighborhoods, and experience the borough like a native. Find out where to go to the beach and to eat great pizza, what to do with the kids, how to enjoy free and cheap activities, and where to savor Brooklyn’s famous cuisines. Visit cool independent shops, greenmarkets, festivals, and delve into the vibrant new cultural scene at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Barclays Center, and the lively exploding neighborhoods of DUMBO, Williamsburg, and Bushwick.
Included in the book are essays and the pithy, sometimes funny comments of sixty cultural, literary, and culinary movers and shakers, culled from exclusive interviews with experts from the James Beard Foundation to the cofounder of the famous Brooklyn Book Festival, as well as MacArthur “genius” award winners, to young entrepreneurs, hipsters, and activists, all of whom have something to say about Brooklyn’s stunning renaissance. Neighborhood profiles are rich in user-friendly information and details, including movies, celebrities, and novels associated with each neighborhood. There are also 800 listings of great restaurants, bars, shops, parks, cultural institutions, and historical sites, complete with contact information.
Targeting the independent, curious traveler, The Brooklyn Experience includes a dozen “do-it-yourself” tours, including a visit to Woody Allen’s childhood neighborhood, and amazing Revolutionary and Civil War sites.
Freudenheim draws clearand sometimes surprisingconnections between old and new Brooklyn. Written by an author with an astounding knowledge of all Brooklyn has to offer, The Brooklyn Experience will guide both first-time and repeat visitors, and will be a fun resource for Brooklynites who enjoy exploring their own hometown.
About the Author
ELLEN FREUDENHEIM is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, and has published widely. She is the author of eight books including a 2004 award-winning guidebook to Brooklyn and over a thousand articles online to help visitors and residents find their way around the Big Apple’s hippest and most diverse borough. Her books include Queens: What to Do, Where to Go (and How Not to Get Lost) in New York’s Undiscovered Borough, and most significantly, Brooklyn: The Ultimate Guide to New York’s Most Happening Borough.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Steven Hindy, cofounder and chairman, Brooklyn Brewery Preface and Acknowledgments How to Use This Book Section 1: Welcome To Brooklyn Brooklyn at a Glance The Brooklyn Bridge Section 2: Old Brooklyn And New Brooklyn Old and Historical Brooklyn The New Brooklyn Section 3: The Neighborhoods How to Visit a Brooklyn Neighborhood Bay Ridge and Fort Hamilton Bedford-Stuyvesant Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights Boerum Hill Borough Park Brighton Beach Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade Bushwick Canarsie and East New York Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill Clinton Hill Columbia Waterfront District Coney Island Crown Heights Downtown Brooklyn and Fulton Mall Dumbo, Fulton Ferry Waterfront, and Vinegar Hill Flatbush Fort Greene Gowanus Greenpoint Greenwood Heights Marine Park Mill Basin and Floyd Bennett Field Park Slope Prospect Heights and Pacific Park Prospect Lefferts Gardens Red Hook Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach Sunset Park Williamsburg Windsor Terrace and Kensington Section 4: Where To Go, What To Do Brooklyn's Cultural Science: Fifteen Best Bets Eating and Drinking in Brooklyn: 400 Amazing Restaurants Shopping in Brooklyn: Over 260 Places to Shop Brooklyn's Waterfront and Parks Section 5: Visitor Information DIY Tours Forty Things to Do with Kids Monthly Calendar Tips: Accommodations, Transportation, Safety, Blogs Bibliography: Seventy-Five Works of Fiction Set in Brooklyn Index