Even though it’s right across the river, Brooklyn can sometimes seem worlds away from the madness of Manhattan. It’s a diverse mix of neighborhoods, ethnicities, religions, ages and industries: home to the city’s largest populations of Hasidic Jews and Polish immigrants, a growing tech start-up community and the hipster haven of Williamsburg. Although it’s only a few subway stops away from ONA’s New York office, Brooklyn is still one of our favorite “destinations” to relax and recharge. We love to take in a Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center, sample the city at Smorgasburg, and soak up the skyline views from the waterfront. And as cliche as it is, walking the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset never fails to make us feel grateful for the opportunity to live in this incredible city.
The Brooklyn Leather Camera Satchel was named when Brooklyn was still just a travel destination, not the borough next door. Luckily, it still inspires us just as much now that we’re locals: it’s one of our favorite places to head on the weekends with our camera, an empty stomach and an open agenda.
We asked Brooklyn-based photographer Andrew Ryan Shepherd (check out his Photographer Profile and the amazing ONA videos he’s produced) to put together a collection of his favorite photos of the borough: unsurprisingly, it’s dominated by blue skies, brownstones and tree-lined streets. In our opinion, those are the best things about Brooklyn.