Brooklyn, New York was one of the original melting pots of the United States. The neighborhoods divided themselves up pretty evenly: Italian, Jewish, Black, Puerto Rican, etc.
It was a colorful piece of our history right?
Because it’s not history. It’s still happening.
Diane and I took a drive yesterday, while dropping our daughter at the airport. She grew up in Flatbush, and hadn’t been back in 35 years. So iPhones in hand, we stepped back into the magic borough.
And what we found…history is repeating itself!
Manhattan Beach, a short drive (or long walk) from Coney Island. Paradise of thousands of immigrants through the years.
They got it all!
You know those two have been crossing the streets of Brooklyn together for 50 years.
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There’s a new immigrant rapidly moving into Brooklyn: Hipsters. Eclectic culture, lots of money. Love ’em or hate ’em…they’re here to stay!
Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, co-owned by a Russian billionaire and Jay Z. The new heart of Brooklyn. If you needed proof that Brooklyn has become a force to reckon with, they now have their first major professional team since the Dodgers left town in 1957.
Many Russian Jews have moved into the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn. And despite the steerotypes of Russians, some of them like being healthy!
Cuban Sandwich at Totz Deli, Manhattan Beach. Ham, swiss cheese, mustard, pickle, on a panini. Seems like you can get pretty much anything in Brooklyn, including…
Mississippi Mud and Hamentashen. One is a Jewish treat for the holiday of Purim. Now find me a place that sells Cuban sandwiches, Mississippi Mud and Hamentashen. And…
…has a Ms. Pac-Man machine in the back, right next to the pool table! This was my love affair in 1981, by the way.
A Call To Action!
Tomorrow…Part Two: Coney Island, Beach flashback and moving a generation.
Got any memories of Brooklyn, or anyplace special about where you grew up? Please share with us here. This NYC boy would love to read them!