Adventures in Brooklyn & beyond

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August 31st 2013
Published: September 1st 2013
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Michelle in front of 14 Willow Place, Brooklyn HeightsMichelle in front of 14 Willow Place, Brooklyn HeightsMichelle in front of 14 Willow Place, Brooklyn Heights

Our gorgeous B&B built in the 1840's
Brooklyn, the most populous borough of NYC was originally a Dutch village called Breuckelen. In 1776 - six years after James Cook first sighted the coastline of NSW - the Battle of Brooklyn was the first battle fought following the Declaration of Independence as part of the American Revolutionary War. Moving right along, in 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge linked Long Island to Manhattan and Brooklyn remained an independent city until it became part of NYC in 1898.

We walked around Brooklyn on Friday morning to get a feel of the place which included a visit to BAM; the Brooklyn Academy of Music; dark at he moment apart from the cinemas. But it was nice to see the place.

After a little bit of experience with the US banking system (gained from more than one bank) I can honesty report that the Australian banking system is fantastic by comparison. With all the banks we made enquiries in, it was obvious that the right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing! Very frustrating to say the least. But we did finally get our problem partially sorted out And we'll never complain about the treatment we get in a bank back home again! When that was over we were ready for drink so we headed off to Williamsburg where we were meeting Kerrii.

Prior to meeting Kerrii we had a bit to eat at the Rosarito Fish Shack, then it was off to Point B which is a self-sustained, artist-run International Worklodge for art and science professionals and where Cat & Cate are in residence until the end of this month. It was there we had a couple of drinks with Kerrii and her friends Carolyn, Cate & Cat. Drinks were had on the roof which was reached by climbing up a narrow wrought iron spiral staircase. Point B is located in a former factory building in a neighbourhood which has a vibrant arts scene with 40 galleries in the area.

On the way home (on recommendation from those we'd left still partying) we called into the Rodegast Hall & Biergarten for a drink. Lively interesting place which was choc-a-block. Opposite the beer garden was the Purple Piano where Kerrii goes to practise her bass playing skills along with Carolyn who plays drums; it was a very pleasant surprise to find that our darling daughter is in a band of around four members!! You learn something new everyday.

Saturday we went to the 5 Pointz Aerosol Arts Centre on Long Island where we met Kerrii, Seb and the kids and explored the graffiti artworks. Then Saturday night we met Kerrii, Seb and their friend Desmond at a Japanese restaurant - Sakami - which was excellent, so as I write this I'm bloated with lots of yummy food inside me. On that happy note I'd best be off to bed!!

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Wall of graffiti opposite BAMWall of graffiti opposite BAM
Wall of graffiti opposite BAM

Rather well done I'd say,
Curb your dog is seen everywhere Curb your dog is seen everywhere
Curb your dog is seen everywhere

We reckon there must be at least 8 million dogs in NYC - only half a million less than the number of people!
Memorial in Fort Greene ParkMemorial in Fort Greene Park
Memorial in Fort Greene Park

In memory of the 11,500 patriots who died on British Prison Ships during the American Revolutionary War between 1776-1782 and who are buried underneath.
Henry Ward Beecher statueHenry Ward Beecher statue
Henry Ward Beecher statue

Dedicated in 1891, this bronze group by sculptor John Quincy Adams Ward (1830-1910) honours the clergyman, orator and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887).
Kev in the Rosarito Fish ShackKev in the Rosarito Fish Shack
Kev in the Rosarito Fish Shack

What we ate was delicious!
Michelle, Carolyn, Kerrii, Cate & CatMichelle, Carolyn, Kerrii, Cate & Cat
Michelle, Carolyn, Kerrii, Cate & Cat

Enjoying a drink on the rooftop after climbing up a small spiral staircase
Kerrii, Michelle & the back of GraceKerrii, Michelle & the back of Grace
Kerrii, Michelle & the back of Grace

Grandpa doesn't muck around when taking photos!

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