Brooklyn is an extremely vital place that many tourists miss. Even those that do venture into the borough often only go as far as the area around the bridge - which is a pity.
I thought you might enjoy some street scenes I captured from 3 different neighborhoods in Brooklyn:
Driving my daughter to a playdate one day we came across an unusual scene. Cops had blocked off her friend's street to traffic (generally a bad sign) so we parked and continued on foot. There we encountered 2 of NY's finest and some neighbors trying to capture a mama duck and her ducklings that were wandering around the street. One cop - unbelievably to me - held a string, tied to a milk carton that was propped up over a pile of bread crumbs. The duck seemed thoroughly uninterested. Mirrors were brought out (I have no idea why), the ducklings were placed in a pot - perhaps to scare mama into thinking they would be made into soup if she didn't turn herself in. After 20 mins or so, the neighbors took control of the scene and snatched the ducks with a sheet.
When Italy won the world cup, this is how Bensonhurst - Brooklyn's largest Italian neighborhood - reacted:
Remember "Do the Right Thing"? Here's the real deal on a very, very hot Brooklyn street in Prospect Lefferts Gardens (my former home across the park from better known Park Slope).