Farragut: Brooklyn’s Oreo cookie

In my last post, I discussed why sightseeing while running doesn’t work so well if you’re taking pictures. A good picture requires you to stand still, and stop-and-go is awful for a runner. (When you don’t have a camera, running is a perfect way to check out a new area, as I attest in a piece on running in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.)

This is why I felt unfulfilled by my visit to Farragut a few Fridays ago. Was I getting in a solid run? Was I giving this neighborhood my full attention? I couldn’t have it both ways, and splitting the difference didn’t work, either. Oh well.

Everyone knows the creme in an Oreo cookie is the best part. Farragut is the Oreo cookie of neighborhoods.

Down the middle, it has the feel of a suburban neighborhood, where people look out for one another. Several side streets had banners advertising their neighborhood associations. Residents stood on the sidewalk, catching up on neighborhood gossip. (The two women I spoke to were Haitian, which made sense, given that Nostrand Avenue just west is co-named Toussaint L’Ouverture Boulevard.)

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The wafer to the north is dominated by the drab Flatbush Gardens. Block after block of ugly brick building on the site of the former Flatbush Water Works. The YouTube video advertising the place is too good not to post again.

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To the south is the Long Island Rail Road’s Bay Ridge Branch, a single track that sees little action. Despite the line’s low use, only a few streets cross it. Several warehouses and repair shops line Avenue H, just north of the tracks.

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There are a few gems in the area, like the Old Dutch Brewers, Inc. building (I couldn’t find much on this online) and an old Entenmann’s bakery, signage for which has faded considerably since 2008. It closed in late 2010.

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Troy Avenue, the neighborhood’s eastern border (in my book), was my favorite block in terms of aesthetics. As you can tell from the banner on the light pole, it too has a neighborhood association.

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I did come across a few cool residences. Funny that the underlying design of these two duplexes is almost identical.

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My tour ended at Triangle Junction, a large shopping center near Brooklyn College at the intersection of Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues. I have yet to go inside here.

It’s right next to the Flatbush Avenue-Brooklyn College station on the IRT Nostrand Avenue Line, which serves as the terminus for 2 and 5 trains. My running tour complete, I hitched a ride home via subway.

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On the bright side of things, I did put up 7+ miles around sundown. Not a bad way to kick off the weekend.

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