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New York Like A Native

Touring Brooklyn (& beyond) since 2000: on foot, public transit, vehicles
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Brooklyn 101 tour
Brooklyn 202 tour
Brooklyn by Bus/Vehicle
Ft. Greene & Clinton Hill
DUMBO (& more) tour
Williamsburg tours
Greenpoint tour
Bushwick+E. Williamsburg
Coney Island (& Brighton)
Victorian Flatbush/Ditmas
Bedford-Stuyvesant tour
Sunset Park tour
Cob. Hill/Carroll Gardens
Brooklyn Heights & Bridge
Crown Heights Tour
Park Slope (& more) tours
Lower East Side tour
Atlantic Yards/Pac. Park
Bay Ridge Tour
Dyker Heights Xmas Lights
Brooklyn Jewish tours
Only in Brooklyn: Photos
Moving to/Studying in BK
JFK/Cruise/Hotel layover
Ice cream/Dessert/Food tours
Brooklyn Maps, Books, etc
Queens: LIC, Court Square
Brooklyn Maps, Books, Films, Web Sites & More

Please keep in mind that Brooklyn is a large area (73 square miles) and most of my repertoire of neighborhood tours are in the north and western segments of the borough (with the exception of Coney Island/Brighton Beach, Dyker Heights, Victorian Flatbush, Sunset Park, and Borough Park).

I've gone all over the borough for private tours and am always happy to explore further.

Below is a map from Wikimedia. From the north, see Greenpoint and then Williamsburg, and below the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. From Prospect Park, Park Slope is just to the west, and follow Flatbush Avenue northwest to the edge of Fort Greene and then Downtown Brooklyn. Go west from Downtown Brooklyn to Brooklyn Heights, and north to Fulton Ferry. 

Here's the MTA's New York City subway map. Here's the MTA's Brooklyn bus map (which also tracks the subway).

A History of Brooklyn in 20 Objects, from Brooklyn Magazine. A Wall Street Journal article on "Brooklyn the Brand" and some Brooklyn products that live up to the hype. Are people truly priced out when they leave "Brooklyn"?

Lots of Brooklyn does not qualify as the "Brooklyn" that gets commodified, as this essay explains. A good part of Brooklyn is getting  poorer, even as other parts gentrify fiercely. Here are eight changing neighborhoods. Here's where rents have risen the most. Here's Brooklyn's 1938 redline map. Here's a map of segregation in New York.

Here's a fun one: all the places the New York Times has compared to Brooklyn. Here's a video summarizing how Brooklyn has been portrayed on screen over the years. Here's an article about how some neighborhoods in film have changed. A couple of essays on the "New Brooklyn" in culture.

Films set in Brooklyn, via Wikipedia. A terrific literary map of Brooklyn, from the Brooklyn Public Library. A list of books for many Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Some Brooklyn books:
Literary Brooklyn, by Evan Hughes
The Fortress of Solitude, by Jonathan Lethem
The Great Bridge, by David McCullough
February House, by Sherill Tippins
Prospect Park West, by Amy Sohn
Brooklyn: A State of Mind, edited by Michael Robbins & Wendy Palitz (a bit stale but still fun)

Books set in Brooklyn, a highly idiosyncratic list, via Good Reads. Conde Nast Traveler's 10 Essential Books about Brooklyn.

GQ's gush about Brooklyn food/restaurants ("the coolest city on the planet"), and Josh Ozersky's curmudgeonly response. A nice essay about leaving Brooklyn. Some neat neighborhood flags.

An interesting interview with Eric Demby of the Brooklyn Flea, a locus for the new Brooklyn brand (also see Brooklyn magazine), and an essay by Marilyn Gelber of the Brooklyn Community Foundation of the importance of going "beyond the Brooklyn brand," 

Brownstoner tracks Brooklyn real estate and neighborhood issues; Brooklyn Based offers a "guide to Brooklyn life." Brokelyn knows that Brooklyn need not always be expensive.

Maps below from Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center

The Brooklyn Green HeatMap, from Rentenna, focusing on street trees, parks, and farmer's markets.

You can move the below map around. It's not centered in Brooklyn at the start.