BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
Ask people what their favorite place is in America, and you will get many and varied answers. For some, the answer will be sites of natural beauty, such as the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone National Park. For others, the answer will be places of historic interest in Washington, D.C., such as the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, and the Washington Monument. For those who live for life’s excitement, the answer will be the dazzling skylines of Manhattan or Chicago.
You will get your most unusual answer from me: My favorite place in the United States of America is Brooklyn, New York, for its present, past, and future!
I lived in the Borough of Brooklyn for two years of my adult life, and I absolutely love and adore the place. As an Orthodox Jew, I can spend blissful hours on the streets of Boro Park, Crown Heights, and Midwood, stopping in kosher fast food eateries for a snack (in my case, usually a large one), or shopping in Judaica stores for the latest cantorial music album or Jewish history book.