When we lived on Orchard St., every single time (not an exaggeration) I walked down the street I’d think how lucky we were to live in such a beautiful place. I thought it was the best street, in the best neighborhood, in the best city in the world. I’d never get tired of looking into each storefront and restaurant or up at the intricate facades of the tenements. Even after a year I’d discover new details on a block I’d walked a thousand times. I wondered how I’d ever be able to live anywhere else.
But then, not only did the landlords up the monthly rent $500, but they wanted to cut into our apartment and give a portion of our already sparse square footage to our neighbors. Can you believe the nerve of ’em?? Dang gentrification, dang hipsters (Ok, yes we’re fully aware that we may be the face of gentrification).
Of course, once we moved to Brooklyn it wasn’t all downhill. It’s a nice, quiet break from the crowded bustle of the Lower East Side.
So, we decided to gather our favorite things about our new Park Slope neighborhood into occasional posts. First up: the stoops and doorways.
One of the little joys of living in Brooklyn is walking up and down the shaded, tree-lined blocks and admiring each unique and distinguished doorway. (I only wish that on summer evenings, stoop-sitting and gossiping was the main neighborhood activity.)
A few of our favorites: