Here is a great article written by the folks over at Gothamist explaining why Brooklyn gets so much hype and how it often surpasses the expectations set for it. Prospect Park, listed as number 10 on this list, is a short drive or a 30 minute walk from where I grew up.
Greenwood Cemetery, number 4 on the list, is spitting distance from my childhood home, hence Greenwood Heights, my ‘nabe.
Gothamist shares 100 reasons why Brooklyn lives up to the hype. You can check it out here: http://gothamist.com/2011/06/28/100_reasons_why_brooklyn_lives_up_t.php#photo-1