The Brooklyn Nobody Knows

The Brooklyn Nobody Knows

An Urban Walking Guide

Book - 2016
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Princeton University Press

Bill Helmreich walked every block of New York City—6,000 miles in all—to write the award-winning The New York Nobody Knows. Now he has re-walked Brooklyn—some 816 miles—to write this one-of-a-kind walking guide to the city's hottest borough. Drawing on hundreds of conversations he had with residents during his block-by-block journeys, The Brooklyn Nobody Knows captures the heart and soul of a diverse, booming, and constantly changing borough that defines cool around the world. The guide covers every one of Brooklyn’s forty-four neighborhoods, from Greenpoint to Coney Island, providing a colorful portrait of each section’s most interesting, unusual, and unknown people, places, and things. Along the way you will learn about a Greenpoint park devoted to plants and trees that produce materials used in industry; a hornsmith who practices his craft in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens; a collection of 1,140 stuffed animals hanging from a tree in Bergen Beach; a five-story Brownsville mural that depicts Zionist leader Theodor Herzl—and that was the brainchild of black teenagers; Brooklyn’s most private—yet public—beach in Manhattan Beach; and much, much more. An unforgettably vivid chronicle of today’s Brooklyn, the book can also be enjoyed without ever leaving home—but it’s almost guaranteed to inspire you to get out and explore one of the most fascinating urban areas anywhere.

  • Covers every one of Brooklyn’s 44 neighborhoods, providing a colorful portrait of their most interesting, unusual, and unknown people, places, and things
  • Each neighborhood section features a brief overview and history; a detailed, user-friendly map keyed to the text; and a lively guided walking tour
  • Draws on the author’s 816-mile walk through every Brooklyn neighborhood
  • Includes insights from conversations with hundreds of residents

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Bill Helmreich, author of The New York Nobody Knows, returns to the streets of Brooklyn with this illustrated guidebook for tourists and all who love New York City. From Coney Island to local oddities such as a collection of 1,140 stuffed animals hanging from a tree, Helmreich profiles and describes bakeries, churches, graffiti art, murals, galleries, and historical sites in each of Brooklyn’s 44 neighborhoods. Helmreich actually walked block by block through Brooklyn, a total of 816 miles, and his conversations with residents yield insight into the unique history and culture of each neighborhood. The book includes a wealth of green-toned b&w contemporary photos, plus neighborhood maps. This book is the first of five planned walking guides for each borough of New York City. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2016]
ISBN: 069116682X paperback alkaline paper
9780691166827 paperback alkaline paper
Branch Call Number: 306.097472 HEL
Characteristics: xix, 404 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm


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