Brooklyn Journals

Strolling the Slope, Hiking the Heights

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A travel journal to Brooklyn by Stella

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Strolling the Slope, Hiking the Heights

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Park Slope Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Theresa's Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Theresa's"

Theresa's Restaurant Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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An excellent Polish restaurant is just a few steps away from the Brooklyn Promenade. Cherry blintzes, perogies topped with onions and apple sauce and lasanki flavored with sauerkraut and keilbasi are just a few of their specialities. The decor is simple and has a touch of a country feel.

Many people from the Heights come here for Brunch. Arrive with an empty stomach!
Outdoor seating is available in the summer.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 10, 2001

Theresa's Restaurant
80 Montague Street
Brooklyn, New York
(718) 797-3993

Grimaldi's

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Restaurant

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Frank Sinatra used to eat here.

How much more do you need to know about a pizzeria in New York?

At Grimaldi's, photos of the rich and famous line the walls, Frankie Blue Eyes plays from the jukebox and red and white checkered tablecloths are usually covered by a steaming thin-crust, brick oven pizza. Calzones stuffed with ricotta and seasoned sausage and pizza with fresh mozzarella, ricotta and eggplant are especially delicious.

After dinner, take a stroll down one block to Water Street. The River Cafe, Brooklyn Bridge and view of the Manhattan skyline is amazing.

Grimaldi's is a must for any New Yorker.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2001

Grimaldi's
19 Old Fulton St.
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 858-4300

The River Cafe

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Restaurant

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The lights of the Brooklyn Bridge glimmer above you, the reflection of the Manhattan skyline wavers in the East River.

The view at The River Cafe is like no other- and so is the food. For a prix fixe of $70.00, dine on a fabulous three course meal prepared by Chef Brad Steelman. Start with Sweetwater Blue Prawns served with white asparagus and clementine sabayon. Then choose from entrees like Seared Yellowfin Tuna and White Seabass glazed with ginger. By the end of the meal, you won't be able to resist leaving The River Cafe without the exquisite taste of truffles and champagne in your mouth.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2001

The River Cafe
1 Water Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201
718-522-5200

Fratelli Ravioli

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Attraction

Fratelli Ravioli Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Imagine letting your kitchen fill with the smells of:
Pumpkin fettucine
Sundried tomato ravioli
Triple mushroon ravioli
Cajun tortelloni

Perhaps it’s not traditional Italian. Tofu pesto ravioli’s are not exactly something you’ll find on a menu in Naples. But the flavors and textures of these homemade pastas are so exquisite and unique that you have to buy a box and try some.

Besides fresh pasta, olives floating in seasoned oil, fresh cheeses and other antipasti will somehow make their way into your grocery bag.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2001

Fratelli Ravioli
169 7th Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11215
(718) 369-2850

Booklink

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Booklink Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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At last.

A bookstore where the guy at the cashier can get into a deep conversation about how Calvino or Ecco plays with space and time.

Though small, Booklink has a healthy travel writing, fiction and poetry selection as well as foreign magazines, children's pop-up books and a local community bulletin board for anyone interested in french lessons or a used Schwinn.

Another place to work those eye muscles is at The Community Bookstore. With its own cafe, wooden bookshelves and old-fashioned green lights, you're sure to get inspired to read, read, read.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2001

Booklink
99 7th Ave
Brooklyn, New York
(718) 783-6067

Hooti Couture

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Hooti Couture Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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If you’re looking for some stylin’ outfit that only you will be wearing, stop in at Hooti’s.

This small boutique off of Eighth Avenue has an artistic and colorful interior yet, as with most vintage clothing shops, an almost eerie feel when you realize who these clothes came from, and where they are today. Once you get past that, admire the antique purses, jewelry, shoes, gloves, handkerchiefs, hats, and dresses from women and times gone by. These past fashion "in’s" somehow always creep their way back into trendy.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2001

Hooti Couture
321 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11217
(718) 857-1977

Brooklyn Bridge

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Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2001

Brooklyn Bridge
Access At Tillary Street And Boerum Place
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Heights Promenade

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Attraction | "The Promenade"

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The entrance to the Promenade can be found at the west end of Montague Street. As soon as you walk past the children's park and Pierrepont House, the expanse of the Manhattan skyline and surrounding area will open up to you.

Children, couples, tourists and photographers stoll up and down this two-mile walkway to enjoy unspoiled views of the Brooklyn Bridge, downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and even the Verrazano Bridge, once the longest suspension bridge in the world, all the way to your left.

The Promenade closes at night so be sure to come here in time to catch the sunset.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2001

Brooklyn Heights Promenade
Above The Brooklyn Queens Expwy Between Remsen And Orange Streets
Brooklyn, New York

Henry Miller's Home

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The Henry Miller Home Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Henry Miller was a travel writer before travel writing was a genre. In the 1900's he wrote The Tropic Of Cancer about his travels throughout Paris. Later, when he returned to the States, he wrote The Tropic of Capricorn.
Henry Miller was born in Brooklyn and lived in this house on Remsen Street between 1925-26.

The Pierrepont Estate

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Entrance to the Promenade Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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The Pierreponts were one of the first land-owners to settle in Brooklyn after The Fulton Street ferry was established in 1814. Generations of the Pierrepont family have watched Manhattan's skyline grow from the bedroom and kitchen windows of this mansion on the shore.

The Pierrepont House is situated next to the entrance to The Promenade.

Remsen Street

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Corner Home Photo, Brooklyn, New York
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Remsen Street was established in 1825 and runs west from the Promenade for about four blocks to Clinton Street. Beautiful brownstones and old brick houses from the mid to late nineteenth century feature Greek revival style iron gates, long double doors decorated with carved wooden moldings and wooden shutters. This street is relatively quiet, save the occasional movie or television show taking advantage of its classic New York style. Another note for fame buffs: travel writer Henry Miller lived on Remsen for about two years after traveling Europe. Where Remsen Street meets The Promenade, at the western-most end, you can enjoy one of the best views of lower Manhattan with The Statue o...Read More