driving around red hook this weekend it seemed like i saw more interest in yards and gardens than I've seen in other areas of Brooklyn. maybe the fact that there were two garden centers right across the street from one another! anyway, it got me thinking about my little dirt backyard, and what I can start doing in a couple months to springify it.
this backyard looks kinda messy right now, but i think there was sort of a plan - or at least an effort - at making an interesting backyard space.
it was a gorgeous day...Caleb and I went to dog park for the usual romp, then headed to Fairway in Red Hook. O. M. G!!! Brooklyn Fairway SO much better than Long Island Fairway! It was incredible. I went for the lemon verbena soap (yum) and co-q-10 face cream...and walked out with a $96 bill!!! I was extremely indulgent and bought flowers (lots) and treats and the biggest portobello mushroom cap I've ever seen!
after, we took a walk along the promenade there, sat on the benches in the sunshine. caleb enjoys being admired by the passers-by. then drove around red hook - such an interesting area. from block to block it's SO different, but you can see a definite artsy influence in parts.
anyway, we sat on a little wall across from this bar for awhile and just enjoyed the sun and the people walking by.
Driving further north up 3rd Ave today than I'd been before...I think I was nearish the Gowanus area at 3rd Ave & 3rd St...this house just grew up out of an area otherwise flattened by demolition. Funny thing was as I was pulling up, a foot photographer stopped in exactly the spot I was headed for and also took pictures of the house. Ha. I drove around the block while he finished up. Amazing. All of Brooklyn, and we've got two cameras in the exact same spot trying to take a picture of the exact same thing.
Anyway, handsome building. Wondering why it remains when everything around it has been wrecking-balled.
Wish I had a *good* map of neighborhoods so I knew where was I was all the time!
I see the top of this house from the Belt Parkway every morning on my way to work...it looks like a ship, complete with masts and portholes...I found it from street level yesterday when my daughter and I were trying to go to Loehmann's in Sheepshead Bay (which was, incidentally, "closed for emergency," which seemed weird, but whatever). I was finally going to have some time to drive around picture-hunting...took the picture of the house, turned the corner....then my car started banging, so we headed slowly home :-(
$800 estimate later, I am home today with my car in the shop getting a new exhaust system. sigh. it's always something, right??
I don't think you quite get the "boat-ness" of it from street level, but...
it was crazy cold here today. with the wind chill it was down in the single digits, with episodes of blasty snow flurries. the last thing i feel like having is ice cream - let alone, MEAN ice cream! click on the picture to enlarge. i know that pink scoop is supposed to look all girly and nice, but i think she looks a little scary. life is hard enough, your ice cream shouldn't be scary.