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Re: Heart of Brooklyn

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Posted by Barb on Thursday, June 25th 2020:

In Reply to: Re: Heart of Brooklyn posted by Will Suphan on Wednesday, June 24th 2020:

For those who lived and grew up in the southern half of Brooklyn, I'd say the heart for us was The Junction, Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues. In the days before malls and shopping centers, it was THE place with the wide variety of stores within walking distance. One could walk to the Brooklyn College campus, and most north-south and cross buses intersected there or nearby, and the IRT subway to other parts of the city started there. Unfortunately, there was a double-fare penalty, for there were no bus-to-train transfers back then unlike today when you can ride the whole system for a single fare.

Geographically though, I'd have to say that the Flatbush-Church Avenue intersection is at the "center" of Brooklyn. Culturally, I say, was centered at Grand Army Plaza-Flatbush-Eastern Pkwy confluence with the Prospect Zoo, Botanical Gardens, main library, and museum. The business and civic center was definitely the downtown area closest to Manhattan, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. And most likely, the "heart" was the neighborhood where you lived.

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