This week we’re talking about home and truth be told I can spend all day gushing about why I love Brooklyn so much. It’s one of the main reasons I based #allegedly in the borough of Kings. Born and raised here, I wanted to highlight locations that are being swept under the rug by gentrification.
Here are some of my favorite landmarks:
1) Brooklyn Bridge
It’s gorgeous from afar, perfect evening stroll across the river. Working in the city, I instantly feel better when I see it, knowing I’m one step closer to home.
2) Coney Island
Every summer, on one perfect Friday night, I head down to Coney Island to enjoy the rides at Astroland Park, eat a Nathan’s hot dog, take in the fireworks, and dance to house music on the boardwalk. Brings back so many memories. My mother’s mother took her there as I child, and my parents took me as I child.
3) Fulton Hot Dog King
There’s Nathan’s and then there’s Fulton Hot Dog King, located downtown Brooklyn on Fulton Street Mall. I have no explanation for why these cheap hotdogs are so damn good and how the business has survived for so long. But when I was dead broke working on my masters, five dollars at this place saved me on many occasions.
4) Brooklyn’s “Big Ben”
Well, it’s not really called Big Ben, it’s actually called the Williamsburg Bank Tower. But most refer to it by “the clock.” It’s like a compass, you immediately know where you are in Brooklyn depending on what angle you can see it from. As a kid, it was only four blocks from my apartment, so if I was ever lost, I would look up to find my way home.
Ok, Biggie isn’t exactly a landmark but he is our legendary rap icon that helped put Brooklyn on the map. There are tons of murals painted in dedication but this one, “live from Bedford-Stuyvesant…” is one of my favorites.
Brooklyn Stand Up and S/O your favorite spots! 🙂
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Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. Her debut novel, ALLEGEDLY is due January 24th, 2017 through Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.
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