Last weekend I was fortunate to have my son give me the grand tour of Brooklyn. Even though I grew up in the NY metropolitan area, I never knew Brooklyn. Was I missing the show! Brooklyn is huge, with so many neighborhoods — truly neighborhoods— filled with mostly young people. But the old buildings were just as vital as the young folks. Despite its enormity, Brooklyn’s distinct neighborhoods made it so much more habitable than Manhattan. To me, the noise level of Manhattan is almost unbearable. Brooklyn is much quieter; a big city, almost a separate state unto itself, tamed by its own involved, personal communities.
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