Roaming around Brooklyn

Fred and I decided to take a journey to Brooklyn.  We just wanted to drive around and see what is happening.  We started by taking the BQE all the way out to Sheepshead Bay.  Driving out there brought back memories.  I used to drive every day to Kings Plaza in Marine Park/Marine Basin to go to work at Macys.  On the way home I'd usually take the back roads instead of the highway and it was how I really got to know the neighborhoods.

I wanted to check out Roll-n-Roaster which has been around for over 40 years.  This is an area of the world that few Manhattanites get out to.  The place was packed with the local community.  Not much better than one step above McDonalds but just a classic. 

You can tell from the sign that it has probably evolved over the year with pizza and other items.  The classic is their roast beef sandwich, onions rings, a lemonade and milkshake.  BTW, you can order anything you want with cheese on it.  We stuck with classic but no shake.

After we left we drove over to the main strip, Avenue U, and stopped in the Donut Shoppe.  The place is more like an old run down one counter diner.  I was hesitant but we were not the only people who stopped into buy donuts.  We tried both a glazed and jelly powdered donut.  Melt in your mouth.

We drove from there all the way over to Prospect Heights on the back roads.  Driving through each different section of Brooklyn is just awesome.  One of the most unique diverse areas of the world.

I just love New York.


Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Brooklyn interests me as thoroughly grounded as I am in Manhattan.Food innovation to equal the LES and East Village. Apiaries on the rooftops to support huge urban gardens. Parts remind me of Venice Beach in California and Abbot Kinney.And almost 15 boutique wineries, nearly double that in artisanal spirits makers and a step more in the craft beer world.Every time I step out of the L, I discover something new.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Brooklyn once was and is now becoming or has already become a borough where the next world of consumer products are being built. Luxury products, skin care products, food products, etc. It is awesome.

  2. falicon

    I’m one of the few who is more in love with Queens than Brooklyn…but the city as a whole is just plain awesome. I love spending free days exploring all the ‘off the beaten path’ areas.

  3. laurie kalmanson

    Native New Yorkers vs. skateboard punk rocker wannabes from square statesBrooklyn representLundy’s is gone now but it was epic for steamer clams and lobstersI grew up there and worked summers as a galley mate on the fishing boats cooking breakfast at the dock and lunch out on the oceanPrepared me well for dealing with anyone who questioned if I should be someplace — party boat galley, tech, any other brotocracy

    1. Gotham Gal

      I am sure it did. Those are the type of jobs that you don’t realize when you have them how life changing they are.

      1. laurie kalmanson

        Yes exactlyI had a little clue the 100th time some dude told me he didn’t like seeing a girl on a boatThose dudes inevitably got seasick 10 mins from shore

    1. Gotham Gal

      so funny. my friend told me that brennan and carr is where the really good roast beef is. i am definitely going.

  4. takingpitches

    i love the roll roaster sign. Old-school; no need for an area code.And if you don’t know, now you know!

  5. Tracey Jackson

    I want to go next time!