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23. Best Block for McMansions:
(between Montana and Arkansas, Mill Basin)
Because Brooklyn has so little actual waterfront residential property, our entire allotment of stucco was funneled into the villas-by-Vegas of this atypically prefab development, when the formerly quiet shipping peninsula went residential in the postwar years. At the end of the road, where National Drive empties out onto Basset Avenue, is the gothic mobster’s palace that Carl Kruger
and his lover’s family bought with all that bribe money.
24. Most Polluted Block:
(between Metropolitan and Johnson, Bushwick)
So, who’s up for a stroll along the banks of Newtown Creek
? Any takers? Anyone? No, it’s probably pretty unpleasant, especially if you encounter the sludgy sediment piles of raw sewage and toxic waste on the banks. At least the oil, pesticide and PCB-riddled tributary of the Hudson has federal Superfund status now, so hopefully more funding will translate into tangible clean-up.