I am back in New York City! In Brooklyn, to be precise, and if you’ve been following me for a while you know that I prefer Brooklyn’s edgier neighborhoods to most of Manhattan’s cookie-cutter neighborhoods which can be a bit too bland for my taste (I am excluding neighborhoods like the East Village, Washington Heights and Manhattan) and I couldn’t be happier to be back in my favorite place in the world.
At the moment, I am cat sitting in Prospect Heights, where I cat sat (for a different cat) three times last year. I love this neighborhood and when I stepped back into my favorite coffee shop here, it felt like I was never gone. One thing I regretted last year was not having a bike, and so I was delighted when a friend of mine organized a bicycle for me. Since picking up ‘Lola’, I’ve been cruising around Brooklyn every day – revisiting all my favorite spots including Prospect Park, Crown Heights, Williamsburg and Prospect Lefferts Gardens, pictured above. I discovered this neighborhood randomly last year thanks to a dog sit and loved how the historic homes in the styles of Romanesque revival, Neo-renaissance, Neo-Georgian, Neo-Federal and later Tudor-revival clashed with the eclectic vibrancy of the African-Caribbean communities that call this neighborhood home. The kind of houses that line the streets here are unlike anywhere else in New York City, and the racially diverse community is also something you don’t see often to the same extent you see it here.
If you find yourself in New York with enough time on your hands to check out a new neighborhood, I recommend a stroll through Prospect Lefferts Gardens – and while you’re here, sample some of the best Caribbean food you can get in New York. I am sharing some recommendations for places to check out in Part II of Five things to discover in New York that most tourists (and locals) never do in which I included Prospect Lefferts Gardens – read the full article here:Five things to discover in New York that most tourists (and locals) never do – Part II.