Photo by myself from the subway platform at Smith and 9th Street, Brooklyn.
Manhattan looks worlds away from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The neighborhood below has some nice residences and renovated warehouses, but it looks very industrial from above.
It may take less than 15 minutes for the train to reach the East River from here. You can see the UN Building, which is located in the East 40's along the edge of Manhattan.
The difference between Brooklyn and Manhattan is more psychological than physical. There are many, many Manhattanites who feel that Brooklyn is some sort of scary frontier land, unworthy of exploration. Not true!
I admit I had the same mentality when I lived on 'the island'. It was easy to feel that Manhattan was the only borough in New York, when there was so much going on.
I'm happy to live in Brooklyn now and am always shocked when friends make the trek across the river.
Related posts: Different Vistas, The City in Silhouette and The East River at Dusk.