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There is a trendy new “hot spot” in Brooklyn and it is one of the best kept secrets around! Years ago if you asked me if I would be a regular strolling through the streets of Cortelyou Road alone, my answer would probably be “Are you out of your mind?” however now I visit this quaint Ditmas Park,_Brooklyn stretch quite frequently!

The area sandwiched between Flatbush  and Coney Island Avenues is thriving! Trendy restaurants such as THE PURPLE YAM CINCO DE MAYO  and more are often packed even on weekdays! You can find Indian, Mexican, Italian and Middle Eastern cuisines here. Stop by LA NUEVA UNION BAKERY for a few sweet bakery delights to bring home. I promise you will not be disappointed. The traditional Mexican sweet breads are made fresh daily along with other regular favorites as muffins and cookies. I can hardly control myself when I am here and you know it’s serious when I break out the big Burlington tote bag to haul my goodies home!

Also located here is the CORTELYOU ROAD FOOD CO OP which has called this location home since 1976! If you are looking for natural and organic foods, this is the place for  you! Everything from fresh coffee bean to raw nuts and so much more are available here. They offer a FULL line of organic groceries including a frozen, dairy and produce section! Read all about it folks!

Now let’s talk history! Take a stroll down Marlborough Road or any one of the other side streets right off Cortelyou Road and you will think you are in a land far, far away! Victorian mansions with sprawling front porches line these lovely streets home to weeping willow trees. If you are history buff or photography lover like me you will be in your glory. Houses here don’t stay on the market long!

Conveniently located on Cortelyou Road and East 16th Street is the Q train station which will get you to Manhattan in minutes! If you get here early don’t forget to stop in Catskill Bagels for a cup of “joe” and a delicious bagel!

I can hardly wait for Saturday to get started on my voyage bringing along my tote bags and my camera! Cortelyou Road is accessible either by Q train or the B41 bus and if you love to walk like me, just put in those ear buds and get going!!!