Artsy life in Brooklyn and skyscrapers disappearing in the mist
Saturday morning we woke up to a rainy day. It was not the best day to go explore Brooklyn, but we had agreed to go plant Emily’s friend’s garden. So we packed up the plants and took the subway to Brooklyn. When we got there, I met Emily’s friend Sara and her roommate Kelly. The rain got even heavier as Emily and Sara were planting tomatoes, onions and herbs in Sara’s garden. Luckily they were efficient and we were able to move indoors quite soon. The important question was: where to have lunch. Sara prepared us some cocktails as we were deciding, and we also borrowed some warm clothes from her as it was chillier than we thought it would be.
I wanted to taste something local, so we ended up choosing a local classic called Chicken ‘n Waffles. The name pretty much states what it is: waffles and fried chicken. You can drizzle some maple syrup on top and enjoy it with flavored butter. You can get the best Waffles ‘n Chicken in Brooklyn from a restaurant called Sweetchick. Because the restaurant is popular, and it was a rainy day, we had to wait for a table for an hour. The waiting time provided a great chance to explore the area. Luckily the rain paused a little at this point.
While we were waiting, we went to explore a place called Artists & Fleas, where local artists get together and sell their work. The outside of building was super artsy and interesting. When we went in, we were greeted with a very warm, relaxed and bohemian ambience – perfect for escaping a rainy day. We spent quite some time looking and aweing at jewelry, clothing, textiles, natural cosmetics and art. I especially liked an artist who recycled old maps of New York as canvases for his print art.
I loved the fact that you could walk around and look at things without any pressure. No one was shouting or forcing you to buy anything. The vibe was very warm and communal. Artists & Fleas is open on weekends and you can find it in Williamsburg at 70 North 7th Brooklyn. There are also similar places in Soho and Chelsea.
We finally got our table and sat down for a late lunch. I have to admit that the combination of chicken and waffles was tasty – the perfect combo of sweet and savory! When we finished our meal, it was almost four o’clock and we were debating on going home or doing something else. We ended up taking the ferry from Williamsburg to Wall Street. Because it was such a rainy and grey day, there was a lot of fog in the city. We could have gone on the top deck to take pictures but decided to save it for a sunnier day. The ferry went below many bridges, including the iconic Brooklyn Bridge.
We arrived on Wall Street and walked around the Financial District looking at skyscrapers. Because the weather was so foggy, it made some of the tallest building disappear into the sky. It looked beautiful, but also kind of creepy. We saw Battery Park where the Swedish embassy hosts a big midsummer party every year. Through the sea of Chinese tourists we also spotted the Charging Bull, which is an iconic symbol of Wall Street, power and prosperity.
In 2017 on the eve of International Women’s Day, a new bronze statue appeared in front of the Charging Bull. It was named Fearless Girl as the girl in the statue seemed to be fearlessly eyeing down the bull charging at her. The city agreed to let the girl statue stay for at least a year even though the artist behind the Charging Bull asked for its removal several times. The Fearless Girl will be soon moved to another location, so it might not be in the Financial District for long.
We continued our walk via Trinity Church to the 9/11 Memorial. The memorial site was beautiful and surprisingly serene despite all the people there. I can imagine it looks breathtaking at night when it’s light up. I’ll have to go see it some evening. The memorial silenced us for a moment. It really made me think about how temporary life is. Anything can happen whenever no matter how well you plan your life. There is a 9/11 museum next to the memorial site. I plan on going there at some point during my trip. At this point in our day we were exhausted and decided to head home for the day.
When we got home, we filled the bathtub with hot water, set up some camping stools next to it and dipped our tired feet in. We sat there for a few hours talking, drinking tea and pampering our exhausted feet. I didn’t need to wait for sleep when I went to bed. On Sunday we ended up exploring Harlem, but I’ll tell you more about that in my next post. Stay tuned!