The urban hipsters are moving in, as they in the rest of Brooklyn, but Carroll Gardens still is full of memories of New York at a different time before this borough became an extension of Manhattan. Here in NYC for a few days to visit my new nephew (my brother's family moved here from DUMBO), I've enjoyed wandering around the brownstones and checking out the shops and cafes along Smith and Court Streets. For the most part the mess from Hurricane Sandy has been taken care of, though sadly, in Carroll Park, uprooted trees display the massive force to which of New York City and Long Island was subjected. Fewer Italian Americans live in the neighborhood now, but they still, thankfully, have a massive presence and give this part of town striking character. Carroll Gardens, with its architecture, little parks, Transit Garden and great nooks to snag a coffee, is definitely work a stop if you travel to New York and while here pass through the F line. Grab a coffee and snack at Court Street Grocers.

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Transit Garden, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

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Evidence of Hurricane Sandy, Carroll Park

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Court and President Streets, Brooklyn

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Court Street Grocers, the place to grab a coffee and pastry

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.