Review by Booklist Review
Yes, New Yorkers can be parochial, assuming outsiders care about what happens there. Yet the Big Apple is home to roughly 3 percent of the U.S. population, and this crowded, noisy, diverse municipality does intrigue people who have no desire to spend more than a day or a week within its borders. So this lavishly illustrated survey of the neighborhoods of the city's largest borough--first of a planned five-volume set--will be a useful acquisition for many libraries. Jackson's magisterial Encyclopedia of New York City (1995) supplies some information, but this volume also draws on archival and contemporary photos that were not available for Encyclopedia. From Bath Beach to Windsor Terrace, with stops at such familiar communities as Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Heights, Canarsie, Crown Heights, Coney Island, Flatbush, Park Slope, and Sheepshead Bay, the volume's neighborhood portraits offer history and visual highlights, a detailed map, and sidebars on neighborhood facts and services. Enormously helpful for readers considering moving East, Neighborhoods will also appeal to those simply curious about Brooklyn. --Mary Carroll
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