Favorite Thing About Brooklyn: Something for Everyone
Our neighborhoods offer something for everyone: Rows upon rows of well-preserved architecturally noteworthy townhouses? Check. An established arts scene? Check. Breezy seaside enclaves? World-class cultural institutions? Check. Grand detached homes in a suburban setting? Check. A bustling downtown? Check. Even though Brooklyn has become an international brand, a true sense of community remains.
There are so many amazing places to eat, from old-school no-frills neighborhood mainstays to elevated haute cuisine (and everything in between), choosing just one is a challenge.
Ferdinando’s Focacceria, a Columbia Street Waterfront District mainstay, offers the type of rustic, old-world specialties not commonly found outside of Sicily. With its turn-of-the-century atmosphere, cash-only policy and unapologetically no-nonsense waitstaff, this is as vintage-Brooklyn as it gets.
On the newer end of the spectrum, I always enjoy Locanda Vini & Olii in Clinton Hill for its refined Northern Italian fare and warm, inviting ambiance – a go-to spot to bring out-of-towners and for a low-key celebration.
Favorite Brooklyn Cultural Icon: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of New York City without actually leaving its boundaries, Brooklyn is the perfect place to do it. The best example, for me, is the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It’s within walking distance from where I live, and I can spend hours getting lost in its splendor and natural beauty. Weekdays are the best time to visit for a truly tranquil experience.
Paul Pinizzotto has called Brooklyn home for the past decade having lived in Red Hook, Clinton Hill, and, currently, Prospect Heights. With a business development and account management background in both the publishing and hospitality industries, he understands the importance of client dedication and offers personalized service tailored to the unique needs of each individual. He lives with his wife, Laura, and their cat, Blanche.