Tuesday, March 15, 2016

American Dream: A Brownstone in Bed-Stuy

American Dream: An Interesting Neighborhood to Live in Not Far from Manhattan

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

One last look at Bedford-Stuyvesant, and then I'll bring you to my new Brooklyn neighborhood, Sunset Park.

Believe me, you want one of these brownstones. They will shoot up in value soon, as gentrification spreads out in concentric circles from Manhattan through Brooklyn. As I've said before, it's not all good: many good people will be displaced as rents go up.

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These have been here for generations. People have gotten up in the morning behind these windows, prepared themselves, and gone to work for, say, 100 years now?

Another attractive row.

A terrific mural...

And a close-up of its view of Shirley Chisholm, the first black American woman to be elected to Congress (it took us until 1969).

Some of the lovely doorways to these brownstones.

Very elegant...


I love the stoops. They'll be full of neighbors chatting on hot summer nights. How about you? Are you a stoop sort of neighbor? What do you think of the great doorways? Comment below!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

American Dream: Not to Shovel Snow (expected again this weekend)

American Dream: aren't you glad you didn't dream of owning a car in Brooklyn?

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

The day of the big blizzard, January 23, was mystical/magical in its intensity. When I walked to my favorite Brooklyn cafe at 7 a.m., I saw that I was in the city because there were already footprints in the snow, and there wouldn't have been in my hometown in New Jersey.

I watched out the cafe's huge windows as the wind drove the snow sideways. All. Day.

Sunday, the sun came out. Of course. And I took these pictures in Bed-Stuy (that's the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn).

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Window ledges, and the famous stoops of Brooklyn, all capped with snow.

That's a car, with just a bit of its window showing, buried under fallen snow and plowed snow.

The mounds were higher than the SUVs.

Have fun digging out!

Another mystery car.

The white snow sets off the soft colors of the brownstones.

These brownstones really are brown. And that car really was stuck.
How about you? Looking forward to snow this weekend? Did your car look like this after the blizzard of 2016? Comment below!