Sunday, October 15, 2017

Today in Brooklyn

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

Today I was walking in Park Slope and came across Community Bookstore at 143 7th Avenue. Very charming. Please visit.

At the back of the store, doors and stained glass at the entrance to the garden.

In the corner, a water feature, an ivy feature, and a cement wall feature. But this is Brooklyn. We do our best with cement walls here.

Here's the bookstore from the garden.

Then I proceeded past other brownstones. This one is ready for Halloween.

So is this one. It's a bit more to my taste.

Here on 9th Avenue is a glorious residence overlooking Prospect Park.

It's the far left one in this row of spectacular brownstones. I definitely have brownstone envy! How about you? Comment below! 

Monday, September 18, 2017

My American Dream? To Live and Write in Paris

American Writers Dream of Paris

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

How is it possible? Yet it's true! I lived in Paris for a year on a creative writing sabbatical. It was great! I went to the Louvre from time to time. The former palace is in itself a work of art. And then there's the priceless art on the walls. Yes, I saw the Mona Lisa. Here she is:

Possibly the most famous piece of art in the world.

I asked someone in the huge crowd waiting to see the painting to take my picture, "her and me together." Just then my eyes closed, of course. But here is one of my happiest moments.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

American Dream: Haute Couture

American Dream of Owning "the Best"

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

I wandered past Bergdorf on Fifth Avenue that night and found more high-end retail shops with fabulous-looking stuff.

I enjoy great design. I'd even say the world needs great design, of clothing, everyday objects we use to cook and to keep ourselves going.

But do I, personally, need high-design clothing and accessories?

No, but it sure is fun to look at. And poke a bit of fun at too.

What space ship did you disembark from?

So when the bad guys chase me and the fringe wraps around my legs and trips me, it's all going to work out okay?

Just the sort of brooch I need. Guaranteed to make my life better.

The jewels-leather-and-fluff combo is from Miu Miu.

High-end sign design.

I like the green leather handle, with orange on the reverse, from Fendi. How about you? Which is your favorite? Comment below! 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

American Dream: Fabulous Design

What Is Going On Here?

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

Bergdorf Goodman caught my eye last week (though not my wallet, thanks to my superior powers of clutching it to my heart).

I don't buy it, but I enjoy it -- the high-end design, that is.

Would I feel fabulous wearing this, or ridiculous? My mother taught me not to wear different patterns. Hmmm...I think I'll stick with my mother on this one.

Where did the window designer find these fabulous balloons? I want some!!

And this blouse keeps your boobs covered because you glue it?

Your chance to look like Truman Capote, all in white.

Kinda like this one. Though it's unwearable for anyone over 25.

A clutch that looks like a bit of Spanish tile. I enjoy my snarkiness! I hope you do too! Please retweet the tweet that brought you here! And answer this question: What does high-end design do for you? Comment below!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

American Dream: High-End Design

High-End Design: unless it makes you look ridiculous

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

I was waiting in midtown for a movie, The Midwife, with Catherine Deneuve (so wonderful), and the windows of Bergdorf Goodman caught my eye. Just as they are designed to do.

Bergdorf's windows are ALWAYS fabulous, so I thought I'd share these bonkers designs with you.

Love the silk! The gray shaggy fur---not so much.

Cookie Monster coat, anyone?

A man's purple bathrobe as a blouse....makes sense (sort of)

My favorite

A see-through raincoat and fluff around the ankles. 

I swear I made this jacket in 7th grade. But my mother wouldn't let me charge $750 for it. How about you? Do you sew? Do you shop? What do you think of what the top designers create? Comment below!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Beyond Expectation: Celebrating American Dream in Brooklyn

My American Dream One Step Closer! Thank you, Everyone!

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

My Kickstarter campaign met its goal today! Thank you to supporters of my 30-year quest, my American Dream, to get my stories published. They're the fruit of 3 decades of wrestling with life, God and art.

Check out my campaign!

Secret: I set my goal $500 lower than the total cost, to keep the goal more do-able. I'll still be out of pocket for $500.

Be a spectacular hero and help bring great stories into the world for readers!!!! Just 15 hours left!!!! You'll never see this request again.

Enjoy some photos from Brooklyn's Prospect Park as I celebrate!!!!!

Packed with picnickers.

An egret? A heron? Something with a long neck, hanging out in the park with all of us.

I swear, this is all in Prospect Park!

The big brown birds aren't geese, they're cygnets, baby swans full grown in just a few months!

He has his own flotation device.

He has his very own rock.

Cascading into the pond.

I'd like to dance in there!! That's how happy I am today! Please RT the Tweet that brought you here? Thanks!!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Unexpected in Manhattan

American Dream: A quiet garden 

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

I love this oasis in the middle of Manhattan. I'll tell you where you can find it if you do two things: comment below and Tweet this post. That's all!

You get a bonus if you check out my Kickstarter campaign. Last hours! 93% funded! Just $200 to go!

The purpose is to fulfill my American dream of publishing stories that engage people, as well as teaching just a little and inspiring them!

Please check it out here and consider making a pledge: 

Thank you!

A fountain makes delicate water sounds that mask the noise of traffic.

This garden looks beautiful in every season.

There's a pond with catfish and a rubber ducky. He's hidden today.

Watch sparrows take a bird bath. 

Dream of spending time in a garden like this? Comment below and you'll find out how you can!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Unexpected in Brooklyn

American Dream: Noticing the Unexpected

By Norma Jaeger Hopcraft

A tree grows in Brooklyn, and a few other things. I see them if I keep my eyes open.

Like this leaf of an elephant ears plant. Unfurling. On a windy evening. But going at its own pace.

Can you believe there are Victorian houses with gardens in my tough Brooklyn neighborhood?

Hydrangeas shading from pink to blue.

A meeting of the turtle clan in Prospect Park.

As seen on the Q on the way home to Brooklyn. Weird but kinda cute.
How about you? With childlike eyes, what do you see? Comment below!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Dreams of Creativity in Brooklyn

American Dream: Being Creative in Brooklyn

By Norma Hopcraft

Ha! You're in for a treat! More pics of the artistic rooflines in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. 

These rows of brownstones make me think of all the people who live behind the windows, the thousands of lives, people living, dreaming, striving.

Or not.

Some folks don't feel very driven. Maybe they enjoy life more.

As for me, striving to make a dream come true is more fun. I call it my American Dream. Each person's is different.

How do you feel about that? Please comment!

And please share my tweet with your followers -- but only if you love brownstones!

Pics taken in January. The cold weather then may cool you off now.

There are no repeat pics in this blog. Each street is different!