As a native of Brooklyn, I've been proud of all the changes that have been taking place over the past 10 years. It all started with the opening of the Atlantic Center and Atlantic Terminal Malls and it has not stopped since!! Yes, there's been bad with the good, and as all gentrification projects go, you have those who either hate it or love it. I, for one, am glad that I don't have to go to Manhattan to shop or for art, culture or great food. While some of these things always existed in the borough - The Brooklyn Museum, Grand Army Plaza Library, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - I remember growing up as a 20-something and saying that I wish that I could just get this in Brooklyn! Well, I don't have to wish anymore and have several choices on where I can go and shop and eat and discover new art and culture in my beautiful borough. Yes, I am a proud Brooklynite!
So I was really elated to discover EastBrooklyn.com which is a site dedicated to the neighborhoods in the east side of the borough: East New York, Brownsville, Canarsie, Bed-Stuy, Bushwick, Crown Heights and East Flatbush. Growing up in Brownsville, I always felt like we were at the end of the world and in a part of the borough that would never get any love. But, like with everything else in the borough, change has come our way in the past decade. From Gateway Center Mall to IHOP on Flatlands to yes, even, the Denny's scheduled to be opened on Pennsylvania Avenue, there's a new energy in East Brooklyn. EastBrooklyn.com is poised to capture that energy and let everyone, even us native Brooklynites, in on all the secrets the east side of the borough have to offer. So, browse the site and sign up for their newsletter. From the 1st annual 5K Run/Walk they recently sponsored at the end of September to the outdoor cinema series they host during the summer, there's lots to get informed about. I'm keeping a close eye on events, art gallery openings and other points of interest and will keep you posted here.
Go Brooklyn! Go Brooklyn! Go Brooklyn!!