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Springtime In Brooklyn

 

I am so excited to finally have some warmer weather, everywhere I walk I see buds and little bits of green popping up and the crocus are in bloom. When it’s Spring I can’t wait to get some herbs and veggies in the pots, I thought I would check out today what kind of plants they had at the Farmers Market and on the way back stop off at the Brooklyn Flea, today is the first day they are back after the winter hiatus. It was a little early for the plants but I managed to come back with a few, in 2 weeks I’ll go back for more.  I got some thyme, Italian flat leaf parsley, lime and sweet basil, pansies, begonia, mint, sage, rosemary. Can’t wait to plant them this week. I decided to try tomatoes this year too!! I am lucky enough to live and work in this wonderful community with it’s graceful architecture, century old homes, friendly neighbors, great shopping and food. Here are some photo’s of what I saw on my way around my neighborhood today.

Graham Home For Old Ladies now condo's

Graham Home For Old Ladies now condo’s

Graham Home for Old Ladies- I kid you not thats what the placard on the building really say’s, it used to be a brothel, and when the ladies aged it became a home for elderly ladies (of the night). They serviced the community many years and were frequented often by the sailors who came into the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

 

Clinton Avenue

Clinton Avenue

Rent a bike

Rent a bike

Contrast

Contrast, old 4 story mixed use buildings with high rise condo in background

Local Bistro

Local Bistro

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

Seedlings

Seedlings

More plants

More plants

The flea

The flea Food

Flea

Flea

I love glassware

I love glassware

More antique glassware

More antique glassware

The best doughnuts

The best doughnuts

The best brisket

The best brisket

Oh yes!

Oh yes!

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  1. What a great area you live in – and great photos too, I feel like I got to visit the market with you! Just a thought, but if you ever feel like a house exchange holiday… your beautiful city home for an old, slightly damp, cottage in rural England, please bear me in mind!

    April 5, 2014
    • Thank you, I love where I live and LOVE the idea of a house swap. YES, I wouid love to and have always wanted to visit England. I am hoping to visit England, Ireland and Scotland. I would love to coordinate that in the near future.

      April 5, 2014
  2. I love the Brooklyn Flea too. I go often as I can, for the food, which is incredible and glassware and plants and anything else that is cool. Such a fun day!

    April 5, 2014
    • Thank you, I am so happy the flea is open, I miss it when it’s closed for the winter. The food is incredible and this is the first time I have seen the brisket folks, must say it’s the best brisket I have had in a very long time. So tender, juicy and delicious.

      April 5, 2014
      • A must try, indeed. In past years I would visit the indoor fleas, think there are two, one is Artist Flea in Williamsburg and the other One Hanson Place Flea – didn’t get a chance to go this past winter. Boo!

        April 6, 2014
      • I’ve been to Hanson Place but much prefer the outdoor flea at Bishop Loughlin. Bigger and better! You have to come here and visit!

        April 6, 2014
  3. I haven’t checked out the Fort Greene Farmer’s Market but will now. SO glad it’s spring…I’m off to run in Prosoect Park! Great post.

    April 5, 2014
    • I love prospect park, used to run and bike and take the dogs there when I lived in Park Slope. Our little green market is nothing like the big one at Grand Army Plaza but it’s ours and we like it even if the selection is not as good. Thanks so much!

      April 5, 2014
  4. Loved your neighbourhood Suzanne! It is such a happy feeling to go back to warmer weather and all those beautiful greens! Lucky you!

    April 5, 2014
    • Lots of people on the street, walking and shopping and talking. It is a happy feeling, even though it is really not that warm, it;s much warmer and certainly an improvement. I’ll take it, thanks so much Viviana!

      April 5, 2014
  5. Jo @ The Contented Baker #

    Such a lovely post! Look at the blue sky and beautiful architecture. I love the glassware too and the doughnut stall! :-)

    April 5, 2014
    • Thanks Jo, today was an incredibly clear, sunny day. It got warm but this morning it was quite chilly. A great day to be out and about in Brooklyn!

      April 5, 2014
  6. Beautiful blue skies, I can almost hear the birds chirping :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    April 5, 2014
    • We’ve had grey skies for so long, it was so nice to see the blue. It was a beautiful day. Thanks so much.

      April 5, 2014
  7. I once visited Brooklyn during late spring (in 2008 I believe) and I still remember it being very beautiful. Your neighborhood looks very nice :)
    Life is so much better when the sun is shining, isn’t it? In Munich we’ve been blessed with an early spring and for weeks the temperatures here have been much higher than usual.
    Cheers!

    April 5, 2014
    • How wonderful, do you remember where you were in Brooklyn? I definitely think that everything is better when the sun is shining and today was one of those great days. So glad the weather is nice in Munich, thanks so much Julian!

      April 5, 2014
  8. I cannot say how much I miss leaving in NYC. It is a magical place especially on a glorious spring day.

    April 5, 2014
    • It really is wonderful but have to admit, I love where you live also, it’s just beautiful! Thanks so much Francesca.

      April 5, 2014
  9. Best post yet Suzanne! Loved “walking” through your neighborhood and traipsing through the famers’ and flea markets! You’re lucky to live is such an interesting, beautiful place!

    April 5, 2014
    • Thanks so much Rhonda, yes I love living here, its a wonderful neighborhood and there is always something interesting to do.

      April 5, 2014
  10. I don’t know what that that photo is, but I want to eat it. :) This is a lovely view of your neighborhood. Thanks for sharing.

    April 5, 2014
    • Thank you, the food photos are smoked brisket and it’s incredible and doughnuts from a place called dough, the vest doughnut I have ever eaten. Good food today!

      April 5, 2014
      • Wow, that all sounds amazing. And your photos make NYC look less intimidating, which is good for me, if I’m going to come visit some day. :)

        April 5, 2014
  11. Liz #

    what a fantastic day! donuts, antique glassware, bedding plants, brisket, blue sky, fresh soda. You were on Cloud 9, Suzanne :-)

    April 5, 2014
    • It was so nice just walking around with bright sun, no rain or snow. Thanks Liz it was a really good day.

      April 6, 2014
  12. Yay! You are getting warmer, good thing Suzanne. What a lovely post to be able to see some of the area where you live.

    April 5, 2014
    • It’s such a lovely neighborhood, I was compelled on such a great day to record my walk and share.

      April 6, 2014
  13. I loved this tour of your neighbourhood. I have only been to New York twice and then only explored things that were central, the usual tourist sights, museums and shops. Those old blue bottles at the flea market look good I would have been tempted to buy some for putting spring flowers in. I hope your plants thrive. ;)

    April 6, 2014
    • I hope they thrive also. gardener I am not. I have to get soil as they will be going in pots, the soil in my yard is not good and the plants don’t do well and I am not knowledgable enough to adjust it. NYC is one of those places that you really need quite a long time to see since it is so expansive. Hope you come again one day. Thanks so much.

      April 6, 2014
  14. shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com #

    Yay for spring! It’s been awhile since I’ve been in Brooklyn, thanks so much for this picture walk through-I so miss the little cafes around, one of my fav’s was Fabienne’s! I couldn’t help but chuckle at the story behind the “Home for Old ladies”! Lovely farmers market – hope you have a wonderful Sunday, Suzanne!

    April 6, 2014
    • Thanks Shashi, Brooklyn has some wonderful cafe’s and restaurants now, it’s really booming. I know the Graham Home For Old Ladies placard still sits on the condo building. It’s really a beautiful old building and the condo’s are nice and what a colorful history!

      April 6, 2014
  15. It is nice to have a warmer weather, we have few sunny days in England as well, but today is a bit good and bad between. I love to walk along and visit local market and farmers market if I go on trip, love the local produce and the people.

    April 6, 2014
    • Me too Mochi, walking around visiting markets etc,,, is one of my favorite things to do on the weekend. Thanks so much.

      April 6, 2014
  16. I’m so envious of your neighborhood Suzanne, it really is so beautiful and I agree, the architecture is amazing and has such character. I love the building styles in Brooklyn. I’m super excited about Spring too. I have my first 2 plants in my home that I’m growing that my hubby bought me…Italian flat leaf parsley and sweet basil. I love having it right here because I can use it daily and get more nutrients that way and it is SO much cheaper than continually buying it at the store in small little packets each week. Great pics! Those donuts are making me drool, haha!

    April 6, 2014
    • It is a wonderful neighborhood, I have lived here a long time and really am so happy here. I am a terrible gardener, everything I plant has a short life span for the most part. I don’t know what I do wrong but if I can get a few months of good use I will be happy, I plant flat leaf parsley and basil every year, it is wonderful and so much better than buying the store. Those donuts, oh my are they good. I had them once in their shop while still warm, now thats a real treat! Thanks Brandi.

      April 6, 2014
  17. As soon as the workers all clear out of here from the kitchen remodel, I’m planting the garden. You totally got me in the mood. I love seeing your neighborhood!!

    April 6, 2014
    • Thanks Susan, I have to go get soil to put in the pots so I can plant everything, going to do that this week. I bet you will have an amazing garden, I imagine you to have a real green thumb. Can’t wait for the finished kitchen pics.

      April 6, 2014
  18. Thanks for sharing your neighborhood! Your photos were wonderful. Happy spring to you!

    April 6, 2014
  19. Really lovely neighborhood, Susanne! Market and ‘rent a bike’ are near, that’s so nice!
    I do like such posts-walking tours! :)

    April 6, 2014
    • Thank you, the rent a bike is very popular but not doing well, I hope they don’t do away with it. I love doing a walking tour.

      April 6, 2014
      • And here the rent a bike is not quite popular; I saw only 3 rentals in different parts of Dubai and there are always plenty of bikes. Even when the weather is good nobody rides, everyones walks inside shopping malls.

        April 6, 2014
      • It’s wildly popular here, you see that bike it was the only one left and I made note of the other kiosks and every bike was gone but for some reason the city is not making any money, they are losing $$. People love it, but they are talking about discontinuing. Maybe in Dubai people are more apt to either walk or drive. NYC has a lot of walkers but bikes are very popular here.

        April 6, 2014
  20. Suzanne… I loved this post. I want to come live in your neighborhood. It’s so inviting.. Your photos are so beautiful… and I want everything from the market, especially those doughnuts!! They look so delicious. Thank you for sharing such a lovely day. Beautiful. :-) xx

    April 6, 2014
    • It was a beautiful day, had a great time wandering! I had a doughnut, total indulgence. They are huge but I ate every bite. I have one every now and then and enjoy every bite. Thanks so much.

      April 7, 2014
  21. Looks like a fabulous day! Just love days like that – at the end of the day you feel so fulfilled!

    April 7, 2014
  22. It was wonderful, thank you. Had such a nice time. It felt so good to walk with the sun shining down on me. So nice.

    April 7, 2014
  23. Maria DeBrango Stickel #

    Love these pics. Thanks and Happy Spring!

    April 7, 2014
  24. Love that last photo! Brooklyn actually looks like a great place to live in a way. Least wise your pictures make it seem so. I enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing!

    April 7, 2014
    • I really like Brooklyn, have lived a lot of other places and must say it’s great here. Thank you so much, That brisket was amazing1

      April 7, 2014
  25. Love this post so much. You’ve inspired me to do a similar one about my beloved Kingston. Thank you! ♥

    April 7, 2014
  26. How fabulous to see a little slice of your neighbourhood Suzanne! So much character to your part of town and that flea market sounds deliciously wonderful. I too would be eyeing off the gorgeous old glassware… as well as the doughnuts! :)

    April 7, 2014
    • I love glassware and ceramics and especially the antique stuff. The doughnuts, well all I can say is that I succumbed and had a big glazed doughnut and it was delicious! Happy Day!! Thanks so much,

      April 7, 2014
  27. What an interesting ‘reportage’ – and what a lovely area you live in. makes me want to visit NYC again – I haven’t been for years…

    April 8, 2014
    • If you ever come to NYC you have to let me know. I would love to meet you!

      April 8, 2014
      • I absolutely will. And same goes for you if you’re ever in SW France. :-)

        April 8, 2014
      • Absolutely, dying to meet your furry and feathered friends.

        April 8, 2014
  28. Lovely pictures, Suzanne! thanks! You will love growing your own tomatoes,…it is easy to grow. They need a lot of ful sun, tender & much love too! ;) Home grown is best! If you need any tips, I will give them to you! I have grown a lot of different sort tomatoes, in big containers, outside!

    April 8, 2014
    • Sophie, I need all the help and advise I can get. I am a terrible gardener and had a disaster the last time I tried tomatoes. They were in the ground last time but this time it’s a container. Please yes, any advise you can give me. Size of container, type of soil etc,

      April 8, 2014
      • okey, I will email it to you tomorrow because now, it is bedtime for me. I will also post pics from my tomatoes etc+ good links on where I get my info. Oki doki? xxx

        April 8, 2014
      • Thank you so much. I am getting my plants next week not sure what kind of tomatoes I should try,

        April 8, 2014
  29. Your photos are beautiful! Especially the greenmarket and Brooklyn Flea. Exactly what Spring is all about!

    April 8, 2014
  30. This is so funny that I’m seeing this post now as I just finished an hour session with my daughter, narrowing down 40 uni’s and colleges down to about 14. I can’t remember which college was on her list, but she asked where Brooklyn was! She’d LOVE to go to school in NYC or nearby, but after having my son in DC for 3 years, I’m dreading another kids in college on the east coast!

    Thanks for posting all these photos, this is the kind of thing I love as I’m a travel nut and haven’t been doing nearly enough traveling the past few years, in fact, last year was my very first time in NYC! I won’t even tell you how old I am, but it was seriously past due! You’ve now inspired me to get my Germany post done (from my trip last December)-thanks, Suzanne!

    April 13, 2014
    • I know how you feel but there are some really good colleges in NYC and Brooklyn. Where I live in Brooklyn it’s very close to the city, It’s a wonderful neighborhood, lots of fun. The colleges here right near my home are Pratt and St. Josephs. Then of course NYC there is a plethora. Hope you come here again for a visit would love to meet you and thanks so much.

      April 13, 2014
  31. It’s so nice to see some snaps of your hometown. I’ve never been to Brooklyn (I did go to NY as a child but just stayed in the city area) but it seems like such a fascinating place. Oh my gosh, that brisket! I’ve heard about NY street food but I’m yet to experience it! So glad that the weather is finally fining up and you’re getting some beautiful spring sunshine. Enjoy it! x

    April 17, 2014
    • Thanks Laura, I love it in Brooklyn, close to Manhattan but a totally different feel. Yes, the food here is amazing, I love to visit the flea and go from kiosk to kiosk. Hope one day you visit NYC and make it to Brooklyn.

      April 17, 2014
  32. I have been to NYC but never Brooklyn, you’ve really inspired me to visit. I love me a flee market :)

    April 25, 2014
    • Oh Brooklyn is the BEST!!! Please do visit and let me know if you come. The Brooklyn Flea is amazing, food, goods everything. The Brooklyn vibe is electric!! Thank you so much.

      April 25, 2014
      • Thanks Suzanne! I’m looking forward to visiting your blog. I will let you know! I’m in Toronto so not too far to visit.

        April 25, 2014
      • I love Toronto, have visited several times. Such a fun city!

        April 25, 2014

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