The Weekly Nabe in 2013

Happy 2013, dear reader!

This is as good a time as any to reflect on the year that was, and to look ahead to what lies in store.

In 2012, I published 141 posts on The Weekly Nabe, ranging from the failed plan for Paerdegat Basin to the effects of Hurricane Sandy on neighborhoods in eastern Brooklyn. I met many interesting Brooklynites in all corners of the borough. I brought history, narrative, and photos to people around the world (89 countries, to be exact).

I had borscht in Brighton Beach and biryani in City Line. I cracked open books from 1849 and revived lost cartoons. I learned a lot of cool things and had a good time doing so.

You know how some people take a year off from work and backpack around the world? I see this project as a less-extreme version of that.

In 2013, as has been the trend over the past few months, the word “Weekly” will cease to properly describe what I do here. I intend to post once in a while, and to do the occasional visit, but “real life” demands that I put this endeavor on hold.

For example, at the time this post is published, I’ll be on a plane to Addis Ababa. I’m going to visit my friend Eric‘s non-profit, Betasab, which pairs orphans with childless women, both neglected groups in Ethiopia. I expect it will be an extremely humbling experience.

This has been an absolute blast. I’m grateful for so many people (particularly Joy, June, Ivy, and Ben at the Brooklyn Collection) and for having had the opportunity to put this project together.

I wish you all the best in the coming year!

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