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14. Best People-Watching
The Saturday Greenmarket
(Union Avenue, between Driggs and North 12th,
Closed off on Saturdays for the greenmarket, this little patch of weekend Brooklandia is nearly as crowded as the adjacent dog-run on one side and the McCarren Park track on the other. Point is, thousands of Brooklynites, of all colors and creeds (and breeds!), flow through here on Saturdays; sit, brown-bag it, and watch them all...(Photos via A Tiny Kitchen Blog)
15. Worst Block to Live On:
(between Cumberland and Carlton [north side, top floor], Fort Greene)
There are a lot of benighted blocks in the borough with third floor windows a mere ten feet away from the BQE, but this stretch leading up to the perpetually clogged Tillary exit is a special hell of juddering trucks and horn-crazed livery drivers. Throw in Park Avenue’s steady traffic drone echoing up under the overpass and the charmless discount liquor store on the ground floor, and we have a winner.
16. Best Block for Urban Palimpsests:
(between Powers and Ainslie, Williamsburg)
You see it all over Brooklyn: evidence of past glory chiseled into pediments or capitols, scrolled windows into a time when businesses built their own buildings as a matter of course... But there’s something particularly touching about the old Cono and Sons restaurant
sign still hanging from the first floor at 301 Graham (along with the wrought-iron Cono and Sons door!) at one end of the block; and there’s something depressing about the laundry-torium at the other end now occupying the beautiful old Metropolitan Tobacco building. Sigh.