Brooklyn is Huge
I\’m not originally from New York, so I\’m not terribly familiar with all of the boroughs yet. I spend the majority of the time in Manhattan – where our office is and where I lived for the first few years. I\’ve had friends in Brooklyn, but I\’d just go visit and we\’d go to a bar or a restaurant, and then I\’d go back to more familiar parts. Long story short, I never really explored Brooklyn as a neighborhood. Turns out it\’s huge.
We had a very eclectic shoot in Brooklyn. We spent some time in very dapper neighborhoods, but washed it down with trips to Coney Island and DUMBO – much more casual places to spend a few hours. There aren\’t many places in the world where you can have a beach and thriving boardwalk AND a quiet brownstone neighborhood AND an artists\’ haven AND a massive, green park AND an urban shopping district – among others.
Speaking of Coney Island – what an awesome place to go see. Sadly, a lot of Coney Island is slowly going away, but we were fortunate to be able to catch a sSideshow act, get a Nathan\’s Hot Dog (in between the hundreds Joey Chestnut shovels down), and walk along the boardwalk. On the weekends in the summer, it\’s pretty crowded, but the beach is still a nice respite from the madness of Manhattan.
I was a tiny bit concerned when making plans to shoot in Brooklyn that it would be difficult to find places interesting and interested in having us. Sometimes, the mystique of television wears thin in major metropolitan areas, but the folks in Brooklyn couldn\’t have been nicer and couldn\’t have been more gracious. I can\’t wait to go back in a capacity other than work.