|I live on this tree lined street in Park Slope, Brooklyn|
During December New York is a magical place where street trees are decorated with twinkling white lights and bold swaths of color transform large buildings. On Christmas Day I was walking down W 23rd Street on the way to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was a gray day which morphed into an evening of thick fog that embraced & obscured everything. As I turned around I suddenly saw the lights on the Empire State Building shining through the mist. Smiling, I had to stop and take this photo with my iPhone. By the way, I loved the movie so much that I saw it again five days later in the 3-D version. May the Force be with you in 2016.
It's been 100 days since my transition from Floridian to New Yorker began. I now have a NY driver's license & plates for my car, down jacket, boots, mostly black wardrobe, subscription to The New Yorker, personal Metro Card, membership in Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn Library card and I'm working on getting my accent back.
Twinkie, known on Brooklyn streets as DaTwink, has become a fashionista. Once happy to go au-natural in Bradenton, she now regularly sports sweaters, pajamas, a winter coat & rain slicker. I drew the line at a Halloween costume, although she seemed to be the only dog in the neighborhood without one.
We're living in Park Slope, Brooklyn which is a very family friendly neighborhood where I can find most things within walking distance. Luckily I only have to move my car once a week for alternate side parking. Restaurants, subways, buses, shops & fresh food options (including handmade mozzarella) are within a few blocks.
Some of my neighbors go all out for Halloween. I stood in front of my brownstone with bowls of candy as over 100 costumed trick-or-treaters stopped by. My favorite group was the 5 member family of assorted penguins. Lots of creativity around here.
Christmas & Chanukah displays
weren't far behind. In addition to the classic plastic Santas and glittery trees, a few houses had awesome setups, like these bigger than life nutcrackers. Not to be overlooked, many Jews display electric menorahs in their window for eight days. I was surprised to see a few cars driving around with a menorah strapped to their roof & a sign flashing "Happy Chanukah!"
Here are a few pictures of my new environment:
|The back garden of my brownstone apartment|
|Random mural on a building|
|A store that JUST sells breast pumps?|
|Cutting boards & rolling pin handmade by my Grandpa in the 1930s|
|Thanksgiving leftovers became my Turkey Pot Pies|
|Whole Wheat Rye Cranberry Pecan Loaf|
|Abby, Rainer, Bonni, Rob, Molly @ Abby's Tree Trimming|
Best wishes, good health & tons of happiness in 2016.
Hugs from my Brooklyn kitchen,
Bonni & DaTwink
|It was mid 60's around Christmas, what's her problem?|
381 8th St., Apt 1 Brooklyn, NY 11215