After spending 3 days navigating the village-like neighborhoods of Brooklyn, I have redefined NY. NY has always spoken energy, movement and strength to me. That remains the same... only for Manhattan.
Brooklyn speaks soul, urban and emotional. I love Brooklyn!
It all started with my arrival on a late Friday night via the "A" train. As I walked up stairs from the train, I noticed a quietness that I had only experienced outside the city. I can remember thinking it was crazy how I was visiting a place I had been many many times and yet experiencing something new. It was a feeling that was comfortable. In my mind, I felt like I was miles from the "city"...when I literally just over the bridge from Chinatown.
The next morning, we left the Heights and had brunch in Fort Greene at a little restaurant on the corner of Dekalb and Clermont called The General Greene. Parties of 2 & 3 filled the tables around us-everyone looking stylish wearing vintage glasses or jewelry. Nearby folks were simply friendly and we engaged in conversation with 3 different groups. Despite the long wait for food and the not so A+ service (due to a lack of waiters/waitresses), we chatted up old times and new.
Sunday afternoon, we braved the cold weather and soaked up the sunny Brooklyn Flea in Williamsburg which sat right on the water. What an amazing view of the city! The flea was jammed packed with a spicy mix of vendors selling furniture, accessories, clothing, artwork, prepared foods..... It all felt like a scene in a movie and I was standing in as an extra among the stylish and smiling Brooklyn residents- a visual party.
Even though this trip was a week ago, I can still feel the experience. And even though I visit NY often-I imagine I will always reflect back on the Brooklyn affair.