And we made it. After queues to rival recording-braking attempts of how-many-people-you-can-get-through-customs-in-two-hours and my husband trying to recruit the customers guard (not amused) on to ‘The Singles Project’ (the show he’s working on) we jump in our cab to Brooklyn.
I love it. Staying in Williamsburg already feels like ‘living’ here, not just visiting – obviously the lovely family home we are renting is helping this illusion manifest itself. Remember the row of houses in ‘Ugly Betty’, where Betty and her family live: all terraced, and all with terraces? That’s where we are. I’m not sure how many rows of houses there are like this in Brooklyn so I have convinced myself UB was filmed here. Why not?
Head back towards JFK and the streets are more industrial – think Kiesza’s video, which was filmed around here too apparently (it’s all going on!) – and walk in the opposite direction (Graham Avenue and L train to Manhattan) for all that is happening locally in this area of Williamsburg, Brooklyn – it’s East Williamsburg to be precise. My husband came home after being to the supermarket looking like a boy who had discovered the source of free sweeties, ‘Everyone’s so cool! Gorgeous Girls in sundresses and Bearded Guys everywhere!’ I think he is having a mid-life-I’ll-never-be-a-hipster-crisis. Here is his elixir. Not so far away from Hoxton or Dalston really.
After our first night’s sleep J and D were up respectively at 3 and 4.30am, so we were out by 8.30am. A ‘quick’ burst of Manhattan – to check out Daddy’s work place – and than chilling in the park across the road: Cooper Park; it’s not too big, not too small with a playground (swings, climbing frame) and locals ready to chat and point out good places to go.
Getting used too: not enough sleep (even less), and heat – I keep forgetting to turn on the air-conditioning (must be an English thing).
Two comments from the past 24 hours: standing on our terrace at 930pm, my little boy thinks the moon is bigger and brighter here, and my friend told me salt water sandals are half price state side. Both interesting points.
Aims of the week: not to try too hard; we will visit fun places for kids but not stress about hitting those tourist attractions. One or two defining points of New York to etch the place in their minds. Yes, we have been to a diner and eaten a massive donut.
Staten Island Ferry
Dylan’s Candy Store
BBQ in Cooper park with the locals
The High Line
McCarren Park and pool
Let’s see how we do and if I can fill out the above names with a little love.
P.S. My husband starts work in three days. I keep forgetting the real life of a New Yorker mum is yet to hit me: muscled flexed, sense of direction honed (almost).