Best Brooklyn Odyssey on Four Wheels (2008)

Dollar van

Your hair won't be blowing in the wind, but crawling through central Brooklyn in a sparsely venti-lated, C.B.-blastin', vaguely legal dollar van offers a nice slice of outer-borough street life and car culture. It's the kind of experience that Theodore Dreiser might have explored in the millennium edition of his poor-but-happy-in-NYC memoir The Color of a Great City. Look for the crowded vans with CB antennas on Flatbush and flag one down; pay the driver on your way out. Their routes are the same—up and down Flatbush from Livingston Street to King's Plaza and back again. The average fare is now up to $1.25, but who's going to start calling them "dollar-twenty-five" vans?

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