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Don’t expect to check out a Google street view of this Shore Road side street, because there’re no cars on this “block,” which is actually more like an English mews, an alley bordered on both sides by brick, colonial row houses with tiled roofs; in between lies a narrow lane of greenery.
Best Honest-to-Goodness Alleyway
Howard Alley, DUMBO
Watch a Hollywood movie set in NYC, and you’ll likely see at some point a character dash down an alley. But truth is this city ain’t got many alleys, at least not anymore. (It’s the one thing Chicago has on us.) But this back-passage in DUMBO looks just like the genuine article—much cooler than nearby Fleet Alley, a glorified driveway—complete with a scary door at its end we’d dare never approach, let alone pass through.
Most Obama Block
2nd Street, between Eighth Avenue and Prospect Park West, Park Slope
Our president, the cause of so much disillusionment, lived in a few apartments in Brooklyn during the 80s, including one on the top floor of a brownstone on this block off the park, where he used to jog. Given its location, we assume the block now is full of Obama-voting Democrats. We mean, that vegetarian Jonathan Safran Foer lives on this block!
Best Block for Smoking a Joint
37th Street, between Seventh and Ninth avenues, Sunset Park
On one side, a fenced-off Green-Wood Cemetery; on the other, the barbed-wire-proected Jackie Gleason bus depot. There’s no reason for anyone ever to be on this especially long block, especially at night, so you should be good.
Best Block For Getting a Drive-By Contact High While On Your Bike
Central Avenue, between Cooper and Moffat streets, Bushwick
The last few blocks of Central Avenue en route to the cemetery smell like many stoners’ collective memories of all weed odors gathered together into one small room. All summer long.