Why I created this site
I travel a lot, and I always research the places I visit ahead of time. I’ve discovered that you can certainly over-plan but you can also miss out on some of the best experiences if you go in cold with a devil-may-care attitude.
One of the best sources for my European travel advice is Rick Steves, whose travel empire includes a Public Television series, guide books, a podcast, and a tour business. I think he’s successful because he gives straightforward advice that is free from corporate influence. He does a ton of research and hires local travel experts in each region that he talks about. In the end, he filters out all of the noise and provides you with a concise recommendation of things you should definitely experience and other, less-impressive things that you should see if you have more time.
I created this site for the same purpose. Guide books are great, and so are online videos and articles, but I wanted to provide a single place for Brooklyn tourists to find portable, concise, honest, and up-to-date advice.
I grew up in Mamaroneck, NY–a suburb north of New York City, which is 40 minutes by train from Grand Central Terminal. I visited the city constantly as a teenager, and I moved to Manhattan in 1985 while I was a student at the School of Visual Arts. I would frequently travel to Brooklyn to visit my classmates, and later, my friends and co-workers. Brooklyn was often the only affordable place for young people that was close enough to school or work.
I lived in Greenwich Village and Chelsea while in a long-term relationship (over 31 years, now) with a born-and-bred Brooklynite who speaks with thick Brooklyn accent. We moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2010.
In recent years, I discovered that my father’s side of the family has some impressive roots in Brooklyn. They were successful hat manufacturers and had a house built in Brooklyn Heights that is still written about. They were celebrities of their time, with their social lives documented in the papers and their business practices admired. Many family members are buried in the family plot at Green-Wood cemetery. I only wish that their wealth lasted through to my generation. My upbringing was strictly middle-class.
My parents also lived in Brooklyn for a few years before I was born. As a kid, my brother Matt would brag that he’s from Brooklyn, implying that no one should mess with him because he was tough.
I love Brooklyn for its culture, beauty, warmth, and diversity. It has so much to offer for each and every appetite. I hope that you discover new things that you can’t find anywhere else, even if it’s just variety. Just look at sheer magnitude of variety in all of these photos I took.
Thank you for visiting. I encourage you to dive deeper into anything that interests you by clicking on the many links throughout that go to other websites. And please contact me if you have ideas for improving your user experience.