Monday, September 20, 2010

Guest Post with Terri from Try Anything Once!

I'm so excited to have my first guest blogger on Palindrome at Home.  Terri and I met through wedding blogging and have stayed virtually connected in our post-wedding endeavors.  A Brooklyn resident, she's going to share some of her favorite spots in the borough.  As a self-proclaimed traveler, I myself haven't made it out of Manhattan.  Now I'm intrigued!  Who knew it'd be so fun to be a blogging hostess? :)

Hello there! I’m Terri from Try Anything Once. You may also know me as Mrs. Swan on I was so happy and honored when Ms. Palindrome asked me to do a guest post here at Palindrome at Home. She is such a sweetheart and super creative. She even named my blog, so I was more than happy when she asked me to stop in here and say hello.

I’d thought I’d use my time here to tell you a little about my home, the borough of Brooklyn in New York City. I know that many visitors to New York City some times don’t make it out of Manhattan, but I highly recommend a little jaunt over to our enclave on the other side of the East River.

Here are five things that you might not know about Brooklyn:

  1. Brooklyn has a winery. Well it’s not Napa Valley (yet!), but Brooklyn Winery has recently opened and will hopefully be the start of Brooklyn’s contribution to the national wine scene. What is most exciting for visitors is that you can not only taste wines and see the wine making process in action, but also make it yourself. Along with the winemaker, you can choose your grape varietals and have private winemaking sessions where you do everything from press the grapes to bottling the finished product.  Check out the process here.
  1. Brooklyn is one of the best places to see the New York City skyline. Brooklyn’s newest park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, is a brand new waterfront area mixing playgrounds, open space and great vistas. In my opinion, it’s got one of the best views of the New York City skyline and harbor.
 You can come simply come to the park to watch the boats go by, take in a movie during the summer months or do one of my favorite activities…eating! Here’s a look at an afternoon I spent in Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer.

  1. Brooklyn has its own central park called Prospect Park. Prospect Park is a 585-acre park smack dab in the middle of Brooklyn. It was designed by Frank Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux who also designed Central Park. When walking through the park it feels very similar to Central Park with its winding paths that make you feel like you are in an urban forest but at the same time also has wide-open spaces such as Long Meadow similar to Central Park’s Sheep’s Meadow. The park also has its own zoo, a 60-acre lake and abuts the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. I love just lounging in the park, going to the weekend farmers’ market there or to Celebrate Brooklyn, the park’s free outdoor summer concert series.

4. Brooklyn has farms in the sky. What am I talking about? While Brooklyn is also a concrete jungle, it is part of the rise of urban farming that is becoming a national phenomenon. In New York City, we often build things upwards, and farming is no exception. Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn is a 6,000 square foot farm on a rooftop offering its produce grown to area restaurants and as part of a community supported agriculture (CSA) initiative. Volunteer opportunities and educational workshops are also offered.

5. Brooklyn has its own sports teams. I know that the Dodgers left for Los Angeles years ago, but Brooklyn has been surviving without a major professional sports team. You can go see the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league team that plays right next to the water at Coney Island at MCU Park steps from the boardwalk. Also the Nets are apparently coming to Brooklyn too (near my neighborhood), and their new arena is being built as we speak. It’s been a controversial project in the community, but many are looking forward to a professional sports team playing in Brooklyn yet again.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a few new things about Brooklyn. It’s definitely more than the land of good pizza, great hip hop and Coney Island. Come visit when you’re in New York City! 

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