L Magazine surveyed all of the blocks in Brooklyn recently and compiled a list of their top 50. The DUMBO-based magazine divided the blocks into a series of categories such as Best Block for Dive Bars, Best Block for Coffee, Best Block for People-watching, Best Block for Live Music, Best Block for pretending it’s the 1930s, and Best Block to Make You Feel Like You’re Strolling by a Parisian Cemetery.
The magazine reserved five blocks for the category Best Brooklyn Blocks to Live On. L Magazine named Verandah Place between Clinton and Henry Streets as one of the five best.
The Brooklyn Heights Blog pointed out that the block contains a former residence of Thomas Wolfe.
L Magazine also awarded the stretch of Atlantic Avenue between Court Street and Clinton Streets as the Best Block for Groceries saying “All-world market Sahadi and wonderful bakery Damascus (nearly side by side) would already count for the win, but this block also has a Trader Joe’s, a Key Food, and the Green Pea Grocery.”
Smith Street between Bergen and Dean Streets was named Best Block for Street Festivals. The recent Soup festival on Smith Street is a testament to that. The magazine writes about the block saying “this might piss off borough traditionalists of the Italian persuasion, but the annual Bastille Day party (brought to you largely by Bar Tabac, at the corner of Dean) is the most fun had by French people anywhere, ever.”
It’s a fun read. Link is below.