There are two camps in Brooklyn - the old timers who have stuck it out through the more dangerous times, and the young people and families who have moved in to be close to the city, without sacrificing space.
At times, you hear about shootings and thefts. And then there are things you don't hear about. Generally our neighborhood, Park Slope, is quite safe. Crime varies widely depending on the area. Just a few blocks can make a difference.
About ten years ago, when the real estate market heated up, apartment prices in certain Brooklyn neighborhoods skyrocketed. You routinely heard about people selling their apartment for a huge profit, after only a few years.
Generally, you can get twice the amount of space in Brooklyn for the same price as a Manhattan apartment. It's slightly slower paced out here. There are great restaurants and less stringent parking rules, so people can own cars without moving them every other day or paying for a garage.
Speaking of Brooklyn, the annual Mermaid Parade is going on in Coney Island, starting at 10 am today. People walk on the boardwalk in full costume. I doubt Mark and I will brave the crowds, but if you go, please enjoy a hot dog for us!
For more about the Mermaid parade, click here
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