Are You From The Neighborhood?

When San Geraldo and I moved from the East to the West Coast of the United States (Boston to Los Angeles) in 1982, I learned that many transplants from New York City, when coming across other transplants, would ask, “Are you from the neighborhood?” As if the city of 7 million at the time was just one big neighborhood. I had lost most of my New York accent by then and, unless you caught my New York inflections and expressions (and biting wit), I could “pass” for someone not from “the neighborhood,” which is what I did.

THE CENTRAL LOBBY OF THE DOWAGER DUCHESS’S BUILDING.
LOOKING TOWARD THE DOWAGER DUCHESS’S “SECTION.”
THREE SECTIONS IN EACH OF FIVE 24-STORY BUILDINGS,
FOR A TOTAL OF 2,585 APARTMENTS.

This post is simply more photos of “the neighborhood.” This time, more of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, which is in the other direction from the apartment of the Dowager Duchess. The below photos were taken when San Geraldo, Judy, and I walked to and from Starbucks Tuesday morning. Thanks to Judy, I’m seeing the neighborhood with a fresh perspective.

BRIGHTON BEACH AVENUE, UNDER THE EL.
HEADING FOR THE BOARDWALK AND LOOKING BACK AT THE EL. 
HEADING TOWARD THE LIGHT (AND THE BEACH).
LOOKING BACK FROM THE BOARDWALK.
LOTS OF GRAND OLD APARTMENT BUILDINGS (WITH FIRE ESCAPES).
OLD AND NEW ON THE BOARDWALK.
SAN GERALDO AND JUDY LEADING THE WAY BACK TO THE DOWAGER DUCHESS.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

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