15 Dec 2009 7:00 am   //   Filed under: Brooklyn, New York is different

Having the whole place to yourself


Compared to other East Coast cities, Brooklyn likes to sleep in. Seven a.m. in D.C. is rush hour. But here, most stores are just rolling open their metal doors and brewing coffee. The schools aren’t open yet. The few vehicles rumbling around are mostly delivery trucks. As we near the solstice, it’s barely light out at 7. The sun is just about to clear the horizon and touch the tops of the buildings, setting them aglow as steam rises from rooftops. Most mornings I press out into cold to walk half a mile to the gym before work. Even when I’m bundled up and hustling as I lean into the wind, my morning walks are a time of peace and solitude.