I picked up the new Fodor's travel guide to Brooklyn after spotting it at a few local bookstores in late September around, naturally, Brooklyn.
Turns out, it's the first Fodor's guide to Brooklyn. A much debated borough as of late for all sorts of important but complicated reasons--the guidebook mentions gentrification in albeit a brief section in the beginning--it is still strangely pleasant to have a travel guide to somewhere you already live, even if things close and change faster than I can count.
Luckily the guide has recommendations and tid-bits about the farther into Brooklyn neighborhoods of Kensington, Midwood, and Ditmas Park which happen to be where I live (in the intersection of them all.) Still, there is much to the borough I'd want to add, especially even more of those neighborhoods and places off the beaten path from most new denizens. Perhaps the next edition can expand even more into far reaches of the borough.
But illustrations in the guide were a big selling point for me. I'm a sucker for illustrated New York City and all the illustrations, including my favorite the chapter neighborhood maps, were created by a local illustrator Claudia Pearson.
Pearson made a quick video tutorial about her process for creating illustrated neighborhood maps which is super helpful for all the self-taught artists and drawers like me:
Pearson is known not only for local illustrations but also drawings of food. She sells most weekends at the Brooklyn Flea. I proudly haul my gym clothing around in her tote.
I particularly like the work she's down for Sustainable NYC and Grow NYC.