NewsElections Bernie Sanders' Brooklyn: Where the ex-presidential candidate lived, went to school and more By Nicole Brown Updated September 7, 2016 3:24 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email It’s no secret Bernie Sanders hails from Brooklyn: You can tell the minute he starts talking. But his accent isn’t the only thing he got from Brooklyn. His brother, Larry Sanders, who now lives in Oxford, England, said their childhood in Brooklyn has had clear influences on Bernie’s character and political beliefs. While Bernie didn't win the New York primary in April, he attracted many New Yorkers to his rallies in the city, and his connection to Brooklyn didn't go unnoticed. One Hillary Clinton aide even said he expected Bernie “to campaign like a Brooklynite." And it’s true, Bernie is a Brooklynite. He was born in the borough on Sept. 8, 1941, and spent the first 19 years of his life there. Here's a look at some of the places the Vermont senator frequented. East 26th Street in Midwood Photo Credit: Nicole Brown Bernie, born in 1941, his brother Larry, who is seven years older, and their parents lived in apartment 2C of 1525 E. 26th St., between Kings Highway and Avenue P. Today, the neighborhood is known as Midwood, but Larry said it wasn't called that when the Sanders family lived there. "We were sort of undefined," he said. "Sometimes we were part of Flatbush." P.S. 197 in Midwood Photo Credit: Nicole Brown Bernie attended elementary school at P.S. 197 on East 22nd Street between Kings Highway and Avenue O. He played basketball at the school, and Larry said his brother always loved the sport, but that he wasn't tall enough in high school to make the "first team." Kingsway Jewish Center in Midwood Photo Credit: Nicole Brown The Sanders brothers attended Hebrew school on the weekends at the Kingsway Jewish Center on Kings Highway and Nostrand Avenue. Larry said both he and Bernie had their bar mitzvah celebrations at the center. "We had a mainstream, traditional Jewish upbringing," Larry said. While they grew up relatively secular, they had a "cultural attachment" to the religion, he said. James Madison High School in Midwood Photo Credit: James Madison High School, Nicole Brown Bernie attended James Madison High School on Bedford Avenue between Quentin Road and Avenue P. During his four years at the school, Bernie ran on the track and field and cross-country teams and became captain his junior year. He was known as being one of the star runners, coming in first place multiple times in the Flatbush championships and third in the city in the indoor 1-mile race. "The incredible stamina he's got now comes from that time," Larry said of his brother. "He never gave up." Kings Highway in Midwood Photo Credit: Google Maps Larry said he and Bernie often ate at eateries along Kings Highway, including a Jewish deli and a Chinese restaurant, though he couldn't remember their names. "We were out for hours and hours after school," Larry said. "We were very independent." Sheepshead Bay Photo Credit: Google Maps Larry said he remembers going to restaurants with Bernie in Sheepshead Bay. One that he recalled was Lundy's -- the former Lundy Brothers Restaurant was a popular restaurant located on the edge of Sheepshead Bay, but it closed for good in 2007. "I remember the clam chowder and the soft rolls and, I think, we first tried lobster there," Larry said. (Pictured: the site of the former Lundy Brothers Restaurant) Prospect Park Photo Credit: Google Maps Bernie and Larry also stayed active at Prospect Park when they were growing up. "We were keen on rowing and when the lake froze we skated," Larry said. Coney Island and Brighton Beach Photo Credit: Library of Congress The Sanders brothers went to Coney Island and Brighton Beach when they stayed in Brooklyn for the summers. Larry said that Bernie used to leave the city some summers to attend the Ten Mile River Scout Camp, where he became a scoutmaster. When he no longer attended the camp, he worked as a waiter at hotel restaurants, Larry said. Brooklyn College in Flatbush Photo Credit: Google Maps Bernie attended Brooklyn College for one year (1959-60) before transferring to the University of Chicago. His passion for social justice grew at that time, Larry said, and Bernie would later participate in the civil rights movement while at the University of Chicago. While he attended Brooklyn College, he moved out of his family's apartment and rented a room in the attic of a home on East 21st Street between Glenwood and Farragut roads. His mother was sick at the time, and she died during his first year of college, Larry said. Her death and his aspirations to go to a different school led Bernie to move from Brooklyn, the New York Times reported. 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