You can take Salem out of the country, but
you can't take the country out of Salem
While I was working at Robert Hall Clothes on Metropolitan Avenue in the Maspeth/Middle Village area, I would go out of my way to find creative backroads home, which almost always landed me somewhere in Brooklyn. (Fellow New York City peeps - ever take the Interboro (Jackie Robinson Parkway)? On purpose? It was like driving through the City of the Dead, which made it so interesting.) When I was dependent on mass transit, and especially while I was attending LIU, I would purposely take convoluted routes so I could experience new lines and stations in Brooklyn. I loved that borough like nobody's business.
You can take the girl out of Brooklyn, but ...