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Artsy Brooklyn


Williamsburg, Brooklyn is definitely known for its art and artsy inhabitants!  When we first moved to this neighborhood, I wasn’t sure if I would embrace the artwork, in which many, very many buildings around us had, but over the last 3 years I have grown to appreciate and love what makes this neighborhood so special.  This morning Maddie and I took a walk, before the heat wave set in, and here are some of the fun, vibrant and always changing artsy charm that makes up this family friendly neighborhood we call home!

Lets take a walk…



This is on the side of an elementary school a few blocks from our apartment.  Love the color and child friendly design…We Love Art!

We found this octopus a few more blocks away and its tentacles covered the entire front side of this business.  I couldn’t get the entire shot, but this design was quite impressive!

We kept walking and found this advertisement for a TV show starting soon.  This mural section on Bedford Avenue feels like it changes every couple of weeks.  Mural artists get a lot of work in our neighborhood, that’s for sure!!

Still walking.  Heat and humidity are starting to set in.  This was just painted on the outside of this restaurant to advertise how it looks on the other side of this wall.  Cool idea!  We better start winding our way back home before we melt…

On our way back we found these cute giraffes.  Nice to see child friendly artwork across the street from a kids park.

Just a few feet away we found this one.  I think it was Maddie’s favorite.  She actually stopped and looked at it.

This type of ornate mural is common in our area.  There were two murals side by side, but the other mural was less kid friendly.  I will leave it at that!  So, no snap shot of that one today!  Probably in another week or two it will be something else.  Almost home, but first a quick snack break, from all this walking.

I just love these beach style murals!  Makes me miss California.  We are now three blocks from our apartment.  As you can see there is quite the variety of artwork in our neighborhood.  Don’t let the barbwire in this shot scare you away.  We love visitors!!  This is a very safe place to live with lots of urban charm!  Hope you enjoyed walking with us today.

What is something in your neighborhood you really enjoy and it adds charm?  I would love to hear about it.

Until next ride,


Stroller vs Subway

How I love the NYC subway!  An underground world that has the oldest and most extensive transportation system in the world, with newspaper stands, quick-bite vendors, small shops, coffee and flower stands, precincts, street performers and the occasional filming.  The underground world has the same hustle and bustle as the world just a few feet above.

During my BC days (lets refer to it as before child and AC as after child) in the underground world I would scurry up and down the long subway stairways, breeze through turnstiles, run to catch the subway, squeeze through the subway doors before they would shut, then slither my way through a crowded subway car saying, ‘sorry, sorry’ (New Yorkers tend to say sorry rather than excuse me) if it was crowded.  And, I loved every bit of it.

Something not so glamorous about the underground world, watching other mothers carry their baby and stroller up and down the long busy subway stairways.  They looked exhausted, hot, tired and it honestly looked like grueling work.  At the time I thought, never me, no way, won’t ever happen!

Now, here I am 7 years later, with a sweet little baby and a stroller, living in Brooklyn, and a strong will to get into Manhattan!  Only one stop from Brooklyn to Manhattan, 5 minutes to Union Square and fifteen minutes to Soho!  Will the stroller stop me from riding the subway?  Or, will I have a whole new respect and understanding for the subway stroller mom?

Today we took the subway and this is what it was like… [Read more...]

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