Brooklyn Journals

Living in Brooklyn

A March 2005 trip to Brooklyn by Andrew

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Quote: At no point in my life did I ever hope to live in Brooklyn. But surprise surprise, now that I'm here, I see that it's actually kind of nice.

Living in Brooklyn

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Overview

Brooklyn street Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Of all the parts of Brooklyn I've seen so far, my favorite is the Park Slope area where I live. From there, you can visit Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Museum, and my apartment. And probably many other things that even I haven't seen yet.

Quick Tips:

If you're in Park Slope, 5th avenue and 7th avenue are good places to stroll. There are lots of cafes, restaurants, and people walking dogs.

Best Way To Get Around:

The subway goes all over Brooklyn. The F line and the 2/3 lines and some others, apparently, will take you right into Park Slope... and beyond, if you're not paying attention. I don't drive here, but parking doesn't appear to be easy to find.

Coney Island Beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Parks

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Attraction | "Coney Island"

Coney Island Beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Parks Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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On the first hot, sunny day of the summer, I decided to go and see what this Coney Island place actually is. The first thing I discovered was that it's not an island. It's just the end of Brooklyn--last stop before the ocean. This means, of course, that there is a beach. And as you might imagine, a beach in New York that is easily accessible by public transit is rather crowded on the first real summer day of the year. But in this case, the crowd is part of the attraction -- I had understood Coney Island to be the run-down ghost of a once-popular resort; I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is both busy and fun. One of the first things I did -- after waiting in a long, slow line for an ...Read More

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Coney Island Beach, Boardwalk, Amusement Parks
Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11224
(718) 372-0275

New York Aquarium

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Attraction

New York Aquarium Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Aside from a dramatic come-from-behind win in a race to the top of a climbing wall at nearby Coney Island, visiting the New York Aquarium was probably the highlight of my afternoon trip out to the area. That may be because the inside parts of the aquarium were air-conditioned. The insufferable heat that day made me really want to jump in the water with those sea lions. Fortunately, I did not do that but instead went around to see all the sea creatures living in Brooklyn. It seems that the most bizarre and charismatic animals of the sea are over-represented in this exhibit. California sea otters, for instance, don't live anywhere near New York, but they sure are entertaining, so there are seve...Read More

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New York Aquarium
Surf Avenue at West 8th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11224