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Jay Lloyd's Getaway: Brooklyn Survives 

October 04, 2018 - 3:15 am

By Jay Lloyd

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- There was no joy in Brooklyn, 67 years ago this week. The mighty Dodgers had pulled out. But as another baseball season closes, Brooklyn has survived - and even flourished.

In Brooklyn, they were affectionately known as "Dem Bums." Who would've thought the town could survive when they bailed out for Los Angeles? But boy, has it reinvented itself. Visitors and locals flock to Prospect Park near the long gone Ebbetts Field. The attraction is the amazing, neighboring Brooklyn Botanical Garden, where blooms flow with the seasons.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
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Among the biggest changes will be found right under the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, bringing owners of unique new shops and eateries.

"This area has a lot of character," said one shop owner. "It used to be a lot of warehouses, brick buildings."

Now it's home to hip young residents with an incomparable view of the Manhattan skyline and the bridge that just invites a Sunday stroll for pizza at Ignazios and Grimaldis. 

And then there's the storied Coney Island. 

As for Brooklyn Sports -- check out the Barclay Center.