Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Brooklyn is Travel + Leisure Tourist Destination

The Brooklyn march to becoming a bona fide tourist destination continues. Dumbo NYC--which is on point on so many things, not the least of which is their Travel + Leisure reading--brings our attention to T+L's November story, Brooklyn Bound. A small taste:
I admit the borough’s new cachet comes as some vindication. (Taste it, 212!) And, sure, I love braised squid and fancy cocktails as much as the next yuppie arriviste. Happy they showed up. But I wonder if curious visitors aren’t coming with misplaced expectations. If someone told you Brooklyn is "the next Manhattan," they got it dead wrong. Brooklyn is nothing like Manhattan. Brooklyn looks and feels and is like no place else.

The first thing you need to know about Brooklyn is that it is huge: New York’s most populous borough, home to nearly a third of its citizens. An independent Brooklyn would be the nation’s fourth-largest city. Brooklyn is a vast metropolis blessed and cursed to lie 500 yards from Manhattan.

The second thing you need to know about Brooklyn is that it is small. Big in breadth and attitude, but intimate in the height of its buildings, the modesty of its storefronts, the compactness of its communities. Defined by the stoop, the bodega, the bocce or basketball court, Brooklyn has an enduring neighborhood-ness. Come to my block next month and they’ll be decking the stoops for Christmas; come in June, and the kids next door will be manning a lemonade stand.

Yeah, it's a sentimental article, but it's fun and touches on some nice spots. Check it out here and make sure to check out Dumbo NYC's item and Dumbo NYC in general.


Blogger Norman Oder said...

The Atlantic Yards section in the T&L article mentions $1.5 billion in new revenue. As more details about the ESDC's calculations have emerged, the figure is increasingly dubious. See:

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