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38. Best Block For Trick-or-Treating
See above. So scary.
39. Best Block for New Media
Main Street between Water and Front Streets, Dumbo
Realtors recently re-dubbed Dumbo "Silicon Beach." Seriously. A sampling of new social networking locative buzzword emergent media companies operating in this block's behemoth office building: Digital Gravel, Fusia Communications, Red Herring Design, Lost Boys International, FreeAssociation, Domani Studios, Freeserver, Big Spaceship, The Joey Company, and so on. Also, The L, keeping it real for old media!
40. Best Block Currently Closed for Atlantic Yards Construction
Pacific Street between Fifth and Sixth Aves, Prospect Heights
It's been somewhat sparse for years, but the buildings dotting this AY-adjacent block are/were of an unusually high architectural pedigree, from the elegant brick Spalding Building at the corner of Sixth Avenue and the historical firehouse next door, to the ornate Atlantic Arts Building nearer to Fifth Avenue, all of which are coming down behind closed gates.
42. Best Block to Make You Feel Like You're Strolling by a Parisian Cemetery
23rd Street between Sixth and Seventh Aves
If you squint your eyes you can see all the way to Jim Morrison's grave. Green-Wood, our underrated treasure.
43. Best Block to Make You Feel Like You're Entering Hell
Central Avenue between Moffat and Knollwood Cemetery, Bushwick
That underpass is scary as hell. Sorry, Hell.
44. Best Block for Righting History's Wrongs
Malcolm X Boulevard between Monroe and Madison Streets
See who got the boulevard? (Slaveowners only warrant streets in this town.)
45. Best Block for Urban Detrital Discoveries (by day), Lynchian Encounters with the Unheimlich (by evening), and Profound Malaise Bordering on Fear (by night)
Meserole between Bushwick Ave and Morgan Ave
This one wrote itself.
46. Verandah Place between Clinton and Henry Streets
Whenever we pass by the tiny Ted and Honey and see the happy people outside enjoying a drink or relaxing in the park or meandering down the lane-like Verandah Place, we wonder, "Who are they, and how did they get here?" And then we are jealous.
47. Oak Street between Guernsey and Calyer, Greenpoint
This quiet little street does a cute little bend, and the house on that bend is totally amazing. We want to live there. (Also, it's just a block away from all the action on Franklin Street.)
48. Columbia Heights between
Pierrepont and Clark, Brooklyn Heights
Hard to argue with the views from the western side of this heightiest of Brooklyn Heights streets. Seriously, how do these people get anything done?
49. Argyle Road between Church and Abermarle, Ditmas Park
We asked earlier if you could name a better example of Ditmas Park Victoriana, and this block might qualify. Doesn't hurt that it's so close to the park, does it?
50. Fillmore Place between Driggs and Roebling Aves, Williamsburg
All of Williamsburg at your doorstep, while living on a pretty, quiet, non-through street.
Illustrations by Christopher Darling