Wanderlust: Brooklyn, NY

Life has been all over the place, up and down, good and bad and right in the middle of all of it I found myself next to my husband, Seth on an redeye flight to JFK Airport headed straight for New York City.

Dazed and a little groggy from the 4 hour flight we wondered our way through Brooklyn and bits of Manhattan to just feel a little lost in the world. Sometimes I really need that, the feeling of being lost of just surrendering a bit and making the best out of all the newness, all of the hardness.

This was my 4th time to visit the city but my first real time getting to explore Brooklyn over Manhattan. Just like Nicole, I (we) loved it. Brooklyn felt sleepy compared to Manhattan, it felt homey and in some ways it felt a little dreamy. With every corner that we turned or with every moment we stopped to look up there was something new and meaningful to see. From Polish bakeries, street art, rusted water towers, a mermaid parade. It all felt new and old at the same time, and if you ask me that’s one of the best feelings in the whole world.

Our travel itinerary was not as pumped up as I normally like it to be but we made the most of it, walked 10-13 miles a day and tried to soak in e v e r y t h i n g.

There were many special moments and a few stories perhaps for another post or a conversation over coffee. Here’s a list and a few pictures of some of our favorite sights, sounds and eats!

Brooklyn, NY 6/16-6/19

Allswell  (great brunch/lunch/cold drink stop in Williamsburg)

Sockerbit (this is in Manhattan but it’s real deal Swedish candy and if you’ve never tried real deal Swedish candy then you m u s t)

Brooklyn Industries (great quality and fun styled clothing, straight from the heart of Brooklyn)

Iris Cafe (a little hidden gem that is the perfect breakfast spot, it’s in Brooklyn Heights)

Bakeri (Norwegian Bakery (Bakeri), need I say more, everything was delicious)

Brooklyn Heights Promenade  (a 1,826-foot -long walkway. You’ll get views of Lower Manhattan’s skyline and the New York Harbor)

Okay Space  (gallery space inside the offices of Okay Africa, they seem to always have a great exhibit up and was one of my favorite spots this trip)

 

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The subway in this city can be busy, dirty and hot – subway art is always a pleasant little surprise. I found this one to be pretty relaxing/inspiring.

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This trip we wanted to check out a few of the different neighborhoods in Brooklyn, here’s what an early morning in Park Slope can look like!

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I spy the Manhattan Bridge! This area is called DUMBO and is a little touristy but has some great picture locations and Brooklyn Bridge Park which is a great place to stop and enjoy the cityscape!

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We stopped for lunch at Allswell, it was perfect, the vibe inside is British pub mixed with country cottage. If you go, get the fried chicken sandwich!

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We stopped by Okay Africa space, (Okay Space on 7th in Williamsburg) to listen to a set by Beatenberg a South African group from Cape Town. They were part of a pop up exhibit for the ‘Johannesburg’ project from Mumford and Sons. Baaba Maal who’s like a Senegalese living legend was also there and to be honest it was one of the most perfect nights.

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The Brooklyn Bridge in all her glory (and hoards and hoards of people). This was fun and I’m glad we did it but it was very busy and I might recomend doing it on a chilly Autumn day over a sunny day in June!

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A pretty perfect view of Manhattan from a park in the Williamsburg area. If this view doesn’t give you ALL the feels then, we may not really ever be the best of friends.

 

I’ve been on a bit of a T.S. Eliot kick as of late and this portion of the poem The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was rolling through my head on this trip. I thought of it on early morning walkings when the breeze was still cool and it felt as if the moment lived on forever. I thought of it when overcrowded on the subway, rushing with the busyness of the city, it helped calm my mind and temporally transport me. I thought of it at night when all the city was full of silver twinkling lights and it was as if I lived that same moment a hundred time.

“There will be time, there will be time

To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;

There will be time to murder and create, And time for all the works and days of hands

That lift and drop a question on your plate;

Time for you and time for me,

And time yet for a hundred indecisions,

And for a hundred visions and revisions,

Before the taking of a toast and tea” -T.S. Eliot ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’

Go adventuring, even for a day or two, you always come back with a fuller heart.

-XO

Andie

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