We had returned to NYC for the third time in less than a year to see our eldest, Nina, and her fiance, Will, who moved to Brooklyn from Denver last fall. We are so looking forward to seeing them marry next February at the Deity event venue which was a former synagogue! Nina met us at a subway stop in Brooklyn so she could show us the venue before their big day.
They chose a perfect spot, we thought.
The small Hoyt St. Garden was an oasis of green space in the middle of the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.
Nina suggested we walk over to the Brooklyn Bridge which links the borough of Brooklyn to Manhattan.
Initially we thought we'd only walk partway across the bridge, but we ended up going the distance which was my first time doing that even though I've been to the city about ten times previously. Steven lived there for a while after graduating from Michigan in the late 60s when he thought he wanted to be an actuary.
As Broadway is known as the Canyon of Heroes, every 20 feet or so for block after block after block, were inscriptions in the pavement of famous people who had visited the city or of famous events that had taken place there. I found myself constantly craning my neck backwards reading them all as they were placed for people walking north, not south like we were! I chose this photo for you, Gloria.
Trinity Episcopalian Church was another lovely church and located just a few blocks from St. Paul's. Both, I noticed, had brown bag lunch programs for the city's needy seven days a week.
We had come to see this bronze Fearless Girl statue placed a few feet in front of the Charging Bull statue in Wall St. to celebrate International Women's Day and meant to be only up for one week. The statue is certainly not without its fiercest supporters AND detractors. Some see it as less about promoting gender equality on Wall St. than about a publicity stunt. Whatever your views are about it, we were glad to make the longish trek from Brooklyn to see it!
In for a penny, in for a pound so we continued our stroll into Battery Park, a huge green space at the base of Manhattan.
There we saw the moving Emigrants Statue symbolizing so many who first saw their new homeland at nearby Ellis Island.
The huge Castle Clinton National Monument commanded a large area of Battery Park.
On the way, we passed a very well dressed crowd on the red carpet for the second season premiere of Netflix's Master of None. Neither Steven nor I were aware of the show but Nina sure was.
At last, a place for us to sit down and chow down some food!
Steven and I had wanted to visit the Russian neighborhood by Coney Island well before traveling through much of that country in 2013 and having Nina with us made it even more special.
Even the USPS branch made me feel like we were back in Russia with all the Cyrillic writing.
Brighton Beach Ave. thronged with people shopping at produce markets, ethnic shops selling Russian pastries and mom and pop corner stores known as 'bodegas' in NY. Being there was a welcome feast to our senses.
We couldn't come to Brighton Beach without walking along the boardwalk! Nina wisely said later we should have taken public transportation down to Brighton Beach as battling traffic there and back took up so much time.
My favorite photo of Brighton Beach:
Fun walking through the Off Broadway theater district in the Hell's Kitchen area of NYC a few hours later:
The newly engaged Nina and Will at dinner!
Before saying good bye to Nina and Will, we capped off our wonderful day together with a NY specialty: a shared donut ice cream sandwich.
Next up: Dover and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware or as one cute t-shirt said, Dela-where?!
Posted from Rehoboth Beach on May 13th, 2017.