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Williamsburg & DUMBO

We ventured into Brooklyn this past Saturday to hit up the food extravaganza at Smorgasburg followed by the NY Photo Festival.  I love BK’s food scene.  At Smorgasburg, a weekend food fair by the water just a short walk from the L train, you can find everything from Asian-style fish tacos and lobster rolls to frozen bananas and artisan pickles.  I didn’t get a frozen banana but I was tempted to ask if there was any money in their banana stand.  There’s always money in the banana stand.

Too many bites later, we waddled along the two mile stretch from Williamsburg to DUMBO to catch the NY Photo Festival.  I was floored by the quality of work on display which were handpicked from thousands of submissions from amateur and professional photographers.  We got there just in time to catch Erin Trieb’s presentation on life as a photojournalist covering the war in Afghanistan.  Her body of work is pretty impressive, especially for someone so young, and I can’t even begin to imagine what it’s like to be a woman living in barracks for three months at a time.  I especially enjoyed an exhibit on life in Tokyo by a collective of ~100 Japanese photographers.  Of course, the fact that it’s one of my favorite cities in the world had nothing to do with it.

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Shiyan and Katharine

Shiyan and Katharine wanted to celebrate their recent engagement with photographs of them visiting a few of their favorite spots in NYC.  They’re also hoping to get their wedding in 2013 featured in the NYTimes and so in honor of that goal, I chose to process a few of these photos into B+W for a newspaper-y feel .  Hope you like them!

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Manhattan Chinatown

The purists will claim that the real Chinatown in New York is in Flushing, and I don’t disagree.  While the Manhattan version is full of mediocre restaurants and kitschy tourist shops, it does have its moments especially if you’re willing to take a wrong turn once in a while and wander into its underbelly.  You’ll be duly rewarded.

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The Highline

The Highline is a truly beautiful urban park with spectacular views of the city.  No better way to kill an hour or two than strolling through this elevated park while nursing a Blue Bottle latte.

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

The hubs and I kicked off our first spring in NYC with a trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where the cherry blossoms are in full bloom.  It was quite an amazing display and we weren’t the only ones with the same idea as the esplanade was packed with families and their munchkins in tow.

After the Garden and based on a co-worker’s suggestion, we ate at Franny’s where we had the most amazing pizza that we’ve had in a while.  We sat at a table right next to their gorgeous brick oven that kept churning out a steady stream of gorgeous thin crust pizzas, each with the perfect balance of chew, char and tomatoey goodness.  Their cheese-less option, the “Tomato, Garlic, Oregano And Olio Verde Novello” blew me away.  If I ever win the lottery, I’m definitely installing a wood burning brick oven in my back yard.  Practicality be damned!

Whenever the hubs and I explore new neighborhoods, we always end up asking ourselves whether we might enjoy living there.  As much as we love love love our one bedroom in the West Village, we know that one day we’ll have to find a bigger place, if nothing else than to accomodate the possible addition(s) to our family (yikes!).  Finding a 3-bedroom here would probably involve mortgaging our soul and the prospect of raising toddlers with their infinite reserve of energy without vast green spaces as a nearby outlet is, frankly, terrifying.  Park Slope in Brooklyn seems like a pretty reasonable possibility – the nearby Prospect Park is a fantastic alternative to having our own yard, and if Franny’s is any indication, the food scene also presents options.  While we were there we also saw a small but thriving farmer’s market and walked through the beautiful library.  The Brooklyn Museum, adjacent to the Botanic Garden, is smaller than, say, the Met or the MoMA, but it’s had some wonderful exhibits grace its halls in the past.  Nonetheless, the thought of leaving Manhattan pains me.  It’s amazing how quickly one can affect the whole holier-than-thou attitude towards living in one of the other five boroughs – we’ve only been here six months!

Umm, I’m probably getting ahead of myself.  Nonetheless, the search for our next neighborhood continues.

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