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5 Things I Never Did In Brooklyn

Rusty - November 30, 2011

Being that we are moving tomorrow from Brooklyn, our home of almost 9 years, to New Jersey (Montclair), I figured I’d note a few things I never did while living here.

1) Join the Park Slope Co-op: It’s an institution here, one in which you can earn your urban/progressive/sustainability/organic/communitarian-street cred and show how truly “Brooklyn” you are. Why not me? Meh, who cares.

2) Eat at Peter Luger: This one is disappointing. New Jersey isn’t that far away so maybe Sara and I will make a trip back to hit up the legendary steak house with some friends.

3) Ride the Cyclone in Coney Island: I’m not going to feel too bad about this one because I don’t ride roller coasters anyway. Been there a bunch of times, just never rode it, never wanted to.

4) Participate in a drive-by: Neither as a victim nor a perp. Actually, I’ve never felt unsafe in Brooklyn, in any neighborhood.

5) Governor’s Island: There was always something happening there in the Summer, I just never got around taking the short ferry ride.

To tell you the truth, this list was actually really difficult to put together, it was nice to realize we actually have done pretty much everything we ever wanted to do here. Brooklyn is amazing, though I’ll leave all the sentimental stuff for another post.


  1. Why move to Jersey? So you can go to the shore? Do some GTL?

    You don’t ride roller coasters? What are you, a communist?

    If you weren’t shot in a drive-by, it just means you weren’t representin’.

    And you can still be shot in a drive-by in Jersey. Don’t kid yourself.

    Comment by MCQ — November 30, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

  2. “You don’t ride roller coasters? What are you, a communist?”

    Hey! I ride roller coasters.

    Comment by Chris H. — December 1, 2011 @ 8:17 am

  3. Kids these days!

    Having lived in Brooklyn for 31 years, I have no problem saying that:

    1. Never joined that bunch of aging hippie wannabes known as the Park Slope Food Co-op.

    2. Never ate at Peter Luger. Went once without a reservation and was told to come back on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. Can get a better steak in a collaboration between Fairway and my grill in the back yard.

    3. Rode the Cyclone, about two years ago. Thought I was gonna break my neck. (A rider died a few years back, of a broken neck–didn’t hear that until afterwards.) It’s not worth the 8 bucks for the short ride–except for bragging rights, and who needs them?

    4. No drive-by for me either. No muggings in Brooklyn, even in the bad old days of the 80s and early 90s.

    5. Went to Governor’s Island–but back when nothing was happening there. Still a Coast Guard base back then, it was like a slice of Kansas in New York harbor. Maybe it’s better now.

    Make your millions so you can move back. Cause the other thing you haven’t done in Brooklyn is grow old, and see your children grow up here.

    Comment by Mark B. — December 1, 2011 @ 9:27 am

  4. Wow, even I’ve done 2 & 3. Peter Luger was a very good steak.

    The Cyclone was awesome!

    Comment by Steve Evans — December 1, 2011 @ 10:17 am

  5. Mmmm. Peter Luger.

    Comment by Christopher — December 1, 2011 @ 10:23 am

  6. The co-op hate has forced my hand. Expect to hear it mentioned in an upcoming post.

    Comment by CJ Douglass — December 1, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

  7. Wow, Rusty, we didn’t realize you were leaving to move to the ‘burbs. Not enough mobsters in Brooklyn, huh? We miss you guys and wish you the best in the move.

    Comment by Katy White — December 3, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

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