An Afternoon in BrooklyN

We’re fortunate to be among the fully vaccinated and it was delicious to spend a low-key afternoon visiting family. Our son Gavin and his girlfriend Emily recently moved to a beautiful new apartment in the trendy Park Slope neighborhood. After a quick tour and a visit to the building’s magnificent roof deck – with it’s commanding views of the Manhattan skyline – we headed out for a walk.

Prospect Park is a 526-acre urban oasis and home to Brooklyn’s only lake, which has a dog beach, and will no doubt be a favorite destination for Mori, their year-old Cockapoo who led us through the park’s meandering paths joyfully sniffing everything in site.

Gavin and Emily live across from the bandshell where a text-based, public art installation features a message of hope and resilience inspired by the poetry of Lucille Clifton ” Come celebrate with me/That everyday something has/Tried to kill me and failed.” After a year of dodging COVID, we can all relate!

The park was filled of walkers and people picnicking in the spring-like weather. We visited a farmer’s market in Grand Army Plaza . In addition to the normal selection of fruits and vegetables, bundles of Pussy Willows were for sale, their furry catkins one of spring’s most reliable harbingers.

Another highlight was the selection of hand-crafted spirits on sale. We took home bottles of potato vodka from Barber’s Farm Distillery in the Catskills and bourbon from King’s County Distillery , made nearby in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Our visit ended with take-out from Ha Noi. The Bahn Mi sandwich was quite good, and I’m sure we will be back.

Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi: Easy Homemade Recipe | The Woks of Life

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