The 50 Best Blocks in Brooklyn 

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Best Block With a Farm

West Street, between Avenue X and Avenue Y, Gravesend


Move over, Ostego Street! The Arturo Toscanini School, aka PS 216, is home to New York’s first branch of the Edible Schoolyard Project. Precisely planted rows of vegetables aid the school kids in their environmental studies and allow the casual passerby to remember the days when Gravesend was mostly farmland.

Best-Smelling Block
Front Street, between Adams and Washington streets, DUMBO
We walk down this street to work almost every day and are greeted by olfactory goodness. First the smell of freshly made juices from Foragers, then the toasted bread from the panini grill at Al Mar, and finally the scent of bacon-y goodness from Peas & Pickles. Then, of course, you cross the street and get assaulted by the mysterious sewage smell outside of West Elm and are forced to recognize that happiness is fleeting and garbage is always around the corner. Such is life.

Best Block to Get a Sandwich and Eat it at a Bar
Fifth Avenue, between 22nd and 23rd streets, South Slope
So, your friend wants a Cuban sandwich? She can get one at Guerrero Food Center, which makes one of the area’s best. And you want a delicious vegan burrito? Try Luna on the opposite corner. And then you can both meet back at Bar 718, one of our favorites, to eat them over Sixpoints. Then pop over to Mary’s before you go home, just for good measure.

Booziest Block
Grand Street, between Leonard Street and Manhattan Avenue, Williamsburg
No matter where you are in Williamsburg, it shouldn’t be that hard to find a good place to hunker down and get drunk. But for unwavering reliability, this stretch of Grand houses both Bushwick Country Club and Second Chance Saloon, perfect standbys to shore up on cheap whiskey before (or after) heading to one of the million other great bars in the area. For the pragmatic drinker, there’s also a wine store!

Best Block for Mansions
Shore Road, between 80th and 82nd Streets, Bay Ridge
Granted, not every house on the twisty boulevard may be a bona fide mansion, but those that aren’t walled or massive make up for it with enormous picture windows looking out over the waterfront park across the street and out into the Narrows and Staten Island beyond. With a view like that, you’re all mansions.

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