Literary City Guide: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

  Photo by  Max Flatow

Photo by Max Flatow

“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory.” 
― Betty SmithA Tree Grows in Brooklyn


I love this quote because it reminds me that approaching familiar streets with fresh eyes can reveal their beauty and charm, even if you've lived nearby your entire life. It's especially fitting for today's addition to Literary City Guides, because tour guide Sylvie Morgan Brown is a Brooklyn native who knows Carroll Gardens like the back of her hand. Also, anyone who recommends an Italian restaurant that serves fluffy, fried chickpea fritters smeared with ricotta is trustworthy in my book!

In a city as large as New York, neighborhood tours make a big, overwhelming metropolis feel more accessible and familiar. Our first was Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and today Carroll Gardens debuts. (Basically, you need to be exploring Brooklyn if you aren't already.) 

Carroll Gardens has all the trappings of an idyllic neighborhood, like an old-fashioned soda shop where the wait-staff wears paper hats, tree-lined streets, and and several bookstores to get lost in, so stop by to welcome our latest edition to Literary City Guides!