The 50 Best Blocks in Brooklyn 

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29. Ninety-Nine Percentiest Block:
Vermont Street

(between New Lots and Hegeman, East New York)
East New York has the highest foreclosure rate in the city; it was here that the Occupy movement rallied in December, moving a homeless family into a foreclosed property.

30. Most Literary Block:

Dean STREET

(between Hoyt and Bond, Boerum Hill )
Yes, Dean between Bond and Nevins is the childhood home of Jonathan Lethem, and the domain of The Fortress of Solitude (and also where, as Lethem likes to point out, Isaac Asimov lived for a year in the 1940s). But down the street was home to original brownstone-parent L.J. Davis, father of Lethem’s childhood playmate and author of the definitive gentrification novel A Meaningful Life. Around the time he moved out, the actress Emily Mortimer moved in—her dad was the English dramatist and lawyer John Mortimer, who created Rumpole of the Bailey. And on the corner lives Michelle Williams, star of noted literary adaptations such as Ethan Hawke’s The Hottest State.



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