The list of famous New Yorkers coming out of Midwood reads like a who's who of great Gothamites. Filmmaker Woody Allen, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, actress Marisa Tomei, and playwright Arthur Miller lived here.
Today, these mansion-filled streets stemming from Ocean Parkway are close to synagogues, yeshivas, and the vibrant retail and commercial corridors along Coney Island Avenue, Ocean Avenue, and Avenue P. Butchers, cheese shops, fish stores, and other culinary wonders are next to libraries, bed linen stores, and hat shops left over from generations gone by.
Midwood is another Brooklyn enclave where growth is coming via construction of large homes taking up two or more lots. Some homes have large gates around the property and four car garages. Still, neighbors are friendly, and often congregate outside. Newcomers like the low cost of entry of one and two-bedroom coops and condos
The northern part of the neighborhood borders Brooklyn College, considered one of the prettiest campuses in New York City. The historic Greek Revival buildings connected by meandering pathways centered on a large square make this part of Brooklyn as important for walking as learning.
CLASSICS AND INSIDE TIPS:
Dine: Schreiber Home Style Bakery. Some of the best challah and simcha in the United States. On a Friday afternoon before sundown, the neighborhood and bakery has a timeless energy of devout people.
Do: Kolbert Park and Rachel Haber Cohen Playground. Walk through a park in honor of a fallen World War II soldier from the neighborhood and a playground remembering a community leader. Children play daily in these adjoined spaces.
See: Avenue M. The neighborhood has a great TV and film history documented on the walls of the shops and restaurants along this retail corridor.
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