The community of Red Hook, New York, came out strong and resilient to celebrate the 20th Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival. This marks a comeback for an area that was hit hard during Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012.
I have to confess…it took me several visits to New York City to finally venture out to Brooklyn (if only I had known better…). Fortunately for me and thanks to my amazing guides (Moeko and Kaoruko Nitohbe), I got a taste of the best that Brooklyn has to offer.
A visit to Brooklyn has got to be on the top of anyone’s “to-see” list for a saturday in New York City. After hopping on the Q Broadway Express in Manhattan, we got off at the Atlantic-Pacific metro station. The first thing that hit us was the new Barclays Centre, home of the new Brooklyn Nets, and a hard-to-miss black and modern structure that contrasts Brooklyn’s typical architectural style. From here on, the day was full of excitement and beauty: vintage hunting at the Brooklyn Flea Market (http://www.brooklynflea.com/markets/), delicious treats and beautiful panoramic views of Manhattan at the Smorgasburg at Williamsburg, a tasty pour over coffee at the Blue Bottle Café (http://www.bluebottlecoffee.com), an unexpected live band at Radegast Hall (http://www.radegasthall.com), and the overall eclecticism of the people, the places, and the things this very hip and trendy borough has to offer.
I am definitely looking forward to my next visit.