I was in the Bay Area for a week for the wedding of two of my good friends from college. I asked the groom, David, to pick my twelfth neighborhood. (I really like the word “twelfth”.)
Spring Creek is the southeasternmost neighborhood in Brooklyn. It shares its name with the body of water that forms the border between Brooklyn and Queens immediately north of Jamaica Bay. Carved out to the west of Hendrix Creek (named after Jimi, perhaps? A boy can hope) is the neighborhood of Starrett City.
The satellite view of Spring Creek looks unpromising: several big-box stores, what appears to be a housing-development, and a large area of open green space that was once the site of the Fountain Avenue Landfill, a preferred body-dumping spot for both the Mafia and Murder Inc.
How will I get there? When I asked Google Maps for directions on Friday, here were the top results: