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Between people in swimsuits who wander off the beach and locals just buying some delicious, unpronounceable meats at Brighton Bazaar, there’s always something going on here, especially in the warmer months.
Best Block with a Boat
Beard Street, between Richards and Dwight streets, Red Hook
During Sandy, a boat washed up onto the empty lot here that Joe Sitt is sitting on, waiting to develop, and it’s still behind the fence there, as if the neighborhood needed more lingering reminders of the storm.
Best Shortcut Block
Bay Ridge Place, between Bay Ridge and Ovington avenues, Bay Ridge
We always walk down this belgian-blocked side street, even when it takes us out of our way, because it’s just such a charming little side street with its squat brick housing.
Ocean Avenue, between Lincoln Road and Parkside Avenue, Prospect Lefferts Gardens
At one end of the street is the Prospect Park stop on the B/Q; at the other is the Parkside Avenue stop on the B/Q. That’s right—the corners are far enough away to have an entire subway stop between them! That’s a long fucking block!
Best Not Totally Paved Block
Mill Road, between Bay 44th Street and 27th Avenue, Bensonhurst
Once a major thoroughfare in southwestern Brooklyn (back before it was even part of Brooklyn!), this centuries-old street has been reduced in modern times to two blocks, one of which has a section in the middle covered not in asphalt but pebbles!