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Though you’re starting to see more shops and cafes open across the neighborhood, it was only a few years ago when the entirety of the evidence of Bloomberg-era new residents, the sum of their commercial presence, could be found on this block within steps of the south exit of the B/Q station: the Latin restaurant, the kooky cafe, the bar, the organic market, and so on.
Best Block for Having Sex
Waldorf Court, Midwood
The thing about finding a good place to have outdoor sex is that you don’t want to be rude. You don’t want to be in some really obvious place where a million people could walk by. Also, you want it to be as clean as possible. And it’s not bad if there’s a fence to hang onto. That’s why this cul-de-sac is perfect. It’s a really quiet street where you’re not likely to encounter pedestrians, and it’s in a nicely maintained part of Midwood. Plus, there’s a fence at the end of the street where it dead-ends at the Q tracks. Perfect.
Most Amusing Block
Bowery Street, between Stillwell Avenue and W. 12th Street, Coney Island
Our favorite parts of the amusement district are the alleys and side streets like this one, lined with eateries and games, a carnival’s essence distilled into a single city block.
Best Block for Lame, Overpriced Bouge-Degas
Bogart Street, between Seigel and Moore streets, Bushwick
There are two lame, overpriced, bougie bodegas a few doors away from one another. If one weren’t smaller and even less friendly, you could hardly tell the difference. Walk another block or two for less faux-fancy bullshit and cheaper brews.
Broadway, between Kosciuszko Street and Kossuth Place, Bushwick/Bed-Stuy
Poor Broadway. It runs under loud, dirty train tracks, and never really seems to be the first priority for garbage collectors, street sweepers, or pretty much anybody. On this particular stretch, the smell of the local fish market really puts it over the top.
Photo by Helena Wolfenson