Ellen Freudenheim

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Brooklyn's awesome! Amazing! There is great food, amazing history, diverse neighborhoods, wonderful street life, vibrant politics, excellent biking, very interesting cultural institutions including a few you've likely never heard of, festivals galore, and above all smart, street-wise, interesting people. I love writing about Brooklyn...and hope you'll let me know what's happening in your corner of this 2.6 million city-within-the-city.


I've got Brooklyn expert credos....Started writing for About.com as the sole Brooklyn expert in 2011, and aside for living in the borough for eons, I'm the author of 7 nonfiction books — including three guidebooks to Brooklyn, the award-winning Brooklyn: The Ultimate Guide to New York’s Most Happening Borough, published by St. Martin’s Press. My first book about Brooklyn was the first commercially published guide to Brooklyn for over a half-century. Brooklyn keeps morphing. I've seen neighborhoods get reborn, watched as the Brooklyn Bridge became a must-see for tourists across the world, and celebrated Brooklyn's re-emergence as a dynamic, diverse, dynamite place to visit, work, live, eat, and raise a family.


 I'm interested in, and do, a lot of different things.I earned an BA from NYU in Middle Eastern Studies, an MA from the University of Chicago in Social Science, and another masters in public health, the MPH degree, from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. I've also written a public health dictionary, a retirement guide for baby boomers...and a wedding guide for busy career women...

Ellen Freudenheim

There's great energy and creativity in Brooklyn — not to mention great food!  Send me your news, questions and tips 

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