Brooklyn

June 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

 

Day two, on to Brooklyn, a place of row houses, a colorful business district, and interesting architecture.

Manhattan from Brooklyn

 

 

Here is the Manhattan skyline as seen from Brooklyn.  The late evening sun cast a golden glow over the city.  I love the colors, textures and styles of the city. It is as if every architect had a vision to share.

 

 

 

 

Brooklyn was different than I had expected.  Not exactly sure what that expectation was, because everything thing looked so familiar.

 

Rows of houses with steps leading down to the sidewalk, streets lined with tall trees, shopping areas tightly squeezed into little shops looking as they did decades ago.  It was easy to imagine Jackie Gleason and the Honeymooners, Gabe Kotter, or the Huxtables walking down theses streets or having a chat on the stoops.

I caught an open air bus between Manhattan and Brooklyn for a better view.

Shortly after crossing the East River I encountered the graffiti.  I know it can be destructive, but there is something about street art that rings true. Here we see it mostly on the sides of trains.  In Brooklyn, it seems to stand as a welcome sign.  Or perhaps a Do Not Enter sign… hmm, maybe I should learn more about this appreciation.

 

Graffiti aside, I found Brooklyn to be a place of colorful ethnic expression where shopkeepers still sweep their doorsteps, colorful pots of flowers hang on the front stoops of row houses and public support for education and the arts is prominent.

 


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