I just had to commend you for giving me my guffaw of the night. I haven't lived in Brooklyn for over 15 years, but the visuals you gave me via your description seemed spot-on. I lived there 1987-1995, and I wonder if I'd recognize much now.
Good luck on SP! (Though I envy you living in NYC----I was thin while I was living there, because I walked and biked everywhere for 8 years. Ok...not going to get sadly nostalgiac.....*sniff*)