I’m not proud to admit that a little over a year ago I took my first trip to Manhattan. That is way too late for a grown up. I remember classmates in high school, fellow drama nerds, who excitedly made the trip and came back with their playbills and pictures. I’ve tried to make up for it since then and I wonder how New York got along so well without me for so many years. It doesn’t matter anymore because that’s never going to happen again. Hopefully, the five burrows won’t have to go very long without having my spice added to their gigantic soup. It’s a fun place to pretend that you’re lost. Even if you don’t end up where you want, it’s never boring.
The first stop was Brooklyn, where I was quickly introduced to the cacophony of brilliant street art. Unaccustomed as I am, to murals and pop art decorating fences, walls, and garage doors, I used it as an excuse to lurk further into the backbone of the neighborhood. This piece (spray paint on concrete) was down by the river in Brooklyn where I was working. One of the benefits of being an admirer of street art is that if your meeting, class, or lesson gets dull, a short walk can make for a lovely distraction.
This lovely little number can be found in Little Italy and is one of my favorites. These pieces become markers that identify both time and location and become a significant part of the travel adventure. Not to mention, when you visit Ms. Hepburn, you’re across the street from a Saltimboca di Vitello and a frosty Peroni. You can then walk south one block to Ferrara Bakery & Cafe and have one of their world famous cannolis and expresso.
New York doesn’t care who’s a tourist and who’s working. Everyone moves together like leaf cutter ants on a jungle trail. This two-story owl is in Brooklyn across the street from Karina Dresses.
Go Brooklyn like there’s no tomorrow!
Find your way to Chinatown for this vintage Grace Jones street art. She can direct you to the seafood market across the street, where you can grab everything from live frogs to sea urchins. Please understand, it’s not for the delicate palate. It’s also a fine place to purchase restaurant supply products. I mean, everywhere.
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