‘Celebrate Brooklyn!!!’

A hot, sunny Saturday prodded us to seek refuge in an air-conditioned museum. Mom wanted her visit to be all about Brooklyn (in fact, she didn’t even set foot in Manhattan her entire trip) so the Met, the Whitney and MOMA were crossed off the list. The Brooklyn Museum it was!

IMG_5087After brunch (food post coming soon!), we took the scenic route through Prospect Park to the museum.

When you’re walking through such densely forested patches with winding creeks, it’s certainly hard to believe that the busy streets of Brooklyn are just a five-minute walk away.

IMG_5100IMG_5105We made it through the forest and began to conquer the museum–all 5 floors of it. Within the first 5 minutes we split off from mom, as our museum-viewing strategies are very different. She looks at each piece carefully, reads every placard, and sits on benches to study a painting. Our method is to race around making sure to view every exhibit in the most efficient way possible. I blame NYC.  The quick pace of the city makes you speed down sidewalks in an almost panicked rush, even when you realize you don’t have somewhere urgent to be.

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Where there’s a mirror, there’s a selfie.
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Thousands of caps and assorted scrap metal stitched together with wire, in a vibrant exhibit by El Anatsui. Perhaps we’ll put Katie to work on a metal quilt hanging to brighten up our own walls.
IMG_5116“Now that’s a tall drink o’ water” – Katie
IMG_5118To our delight the museum morphed into a vintage version of IKEA. The museum reassembled actual houses from Brooklyn back in the day, furnished them with period pieces, and then let an artist take a dramatic spin on them. IMG_5123IMG_5127Some rooms were left in their more original form. Just like in an IKEA show room, we took note. Honestly, we could work that rocking chair and bed. IMG_5125IMG_5129IMG_5133This chair specifically had a sign saying you were welcome to sit on it. Anna never passes up a chance to sit. IMG_5134We were pretty proud of ourselves for covering all floors under 2 hours. When we met up with mom in the lobby it turned out she had only seen one floor. She declared it the best museum she had ever been to, so she continued at the museum while we headed home.

For dinner, mom picked up some cheeses, loaves of bread, olive spread, balsamic vinegar, salad and rice pudding.  We then took our picnic to ‘Celebrate Brooklyn!!!’ — a free summer concert series in Prospect Park, two blocks from our home.

photo(146)  Joe Purdy and The Lone Bellow, in the rain.photo(147)
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It’s always a joy to celebrate Brooklyn.
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3 thoughts on “‘Celebrate Brooklyn!!!’

  1. john on said:

    Thank you. You make it all vivid.

  2. Mary Beth on said:

    OK….now the Brooklyn Museum, previously unknown to me, is on my to do list. Just after the NYC History Museum you described 2 weeks ago.

  3. Your mom is the sweetest!

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