Spring has been a bit late-coming to New York this year, but that hasn’t stopped us from daydreaming all winter about sun-drenched courtyards, the burst of blooms across the city, weekends spent exploring the parks and plazas we’ve neglected in favor of galleries and fireplaces. So as soon as sunshine and mild temperatures were forecast for a Saturday, we made plans to explore our current favorite borough: Brooklyn!
Here’s a glimpse into our ultimate spring day in Brooklyn: all while carrying the Brooklyn, of course!
The Brooklyn Camera Satchel is one of our favorite bags for day-long adventures: no need for a laptop or too much extra gear. It’s perfect for one camera body. one or two extra lenses and a few personal items.
The beautiful ceiling at the Historic Greenwood Chapel: completed in 1911, it was designed by the same architecture firm that constructed Grand Central Station and the Yale Club.
The 585-acre park is home to Brooklyn’s only forest, a 60-acre lake, a zoo, sports fields and plenty of fresh air. Spring also means baseball season: it was great to see the littlest of Little League players learning how to run around the bases.
While the gardens weren’t in full bloom yet, there were enough bursts of pink to make us thrilled to be outside.
The ONA New York office is around the corner from classical-columned New York Public Library, and we spend many a sunny lunch hour on its steps. But we were stunned by the beautifully modern facade of the Brooklyn Public Library: it’s without a doubt one of the city’s greatest Art Deco buildings.
There’s nothing more iconic to Brooklyn than the brownstone: the sandstone facade became popular with the new urban middle class in the early 1800’s as more sophisticated than brick and more durable than wood. A stroll through Park Slope or Carroll Gardens will instantly gave us front stoop envy!