I have a good friend who is from Brooklyn. I called him from Brooklyn as we were enjoying the above Manhattan sunset from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. He gave me some Brooklyn wisdom, "Manhattan may have everything but Brooklyn has the view!" And what a view. We have driven to Brooklyn for the wedding of Marilyn's niece, Marina Seitz, to Matt Ford. We arrived late Friday afternoon after a harrowing transit through the city. I had anticipated managing my way over bridges but instead, I was subjected to the challenges of not one but two tunnels: Holland Tunnel from New Jersey to Downtown Manhattan and then the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Red Hook.
The wedding was in Williamsburg in a small and very trendy hotel. Most out-of-town guests stayed at the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge which was right on Brooklyn Bridge Blvd less than two blocks from the beginning of the walkway over the bridge. After we settled in, we took a quick ten-minute walk to the Promenade, also known as The Esplanade. While Brooklyn Heights is a naturally occurring geographic feature--a high bluff at the East River gradually descending to the east--the Promenade is not. It is a 1,826-foot-long platform and pedestrian walkway cantilevered over the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Its location was a compromise reached during World War II about the path of this needed expressway. It was constructed shortly after the war.It was a short visit because we had dinner reservations at Forno Rosso for our first meal in Brooklyn. It was a small Italian eatery filled with dinners of all genders, races, colors, and sexual orientations. June is Pride Month and the 2021 parade was the same weekend we were there. We saw evidence of this celebration wherever we went over the next two days. We had delicious dinners. Marilyn ordered pizza which we were going to share until I heard about the risotto with calamari special. I couldn't resist. However, when it arrived, it was black! In my rush of enthusiasm about calamari and risotto, I didn't hear or ignored another ingredient, squid ink.
|View of Jersey City, downriver from Little Island and Hoboken|
|Marilyn relaxing above the |
street in a green oasis
We walked the entire distance and got off where it ends at 32nd Street. At that point we encountered a most unusual building and then another architectural structure that is difficult to describe. The first is called, rather simply, "The Shed." It is a $475 million dollar arts center and performing space. But, wait there is more. It is inside of a billowy-looking skin and is on wheels and can be moved to created even more space.
We wished we would have had more time to experience both The Shed and Vessel but we in New York for the wedding of Marilyn's Neice, Marina, and we had to hustle back to Brooklyn and get ready for the 5:00 ceremony at The Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. We drove there from downtown Brooklyn and luckily found a place to park on the street. As clear evidence that New York was fully open, the clubs were jammed and parking spots at a premium. The wedding was held in the penthouse with a rooftop view of the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan. It was a wedding for family and close friends, small but energetic. After the ceremony we gathered downstairs for drinks, dinner and dancing.
Marina is the daughter of Marilyn's brother, Rob. In this picture, you can see how beautiful she is and how proud Rob is of her. She married Matt Ford whom everyone in the family loves. He is a proud alumnus of Syracuse University and is looking forward to introducing their first child, due in the fall, to 'Cuse hoops. Let's go Orange!
York, we wanted to get out early and back before the extreme heat. Our plan worked except for the fact that the heat got cranked up sooner than we anticipated. So while we walked over, we took the subway. But not after we walked to the 9/11 site. We had visited there in January 2002 on a snowy day. All accesses to the actual site were blocked two or three blocks away but we could see the remnants of the damage. I remember taking this photo which summed up much of what we saw that day.
|Marilyn with |
Late that afternoon, we walked down to DUMBO or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. The place was alive with people enjoying the summer afternoon and cooling off by the East River. The Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are only three blocks apart in Brooklyn. Parks, a carousel, entertainment and food venues are everywhere under both bridges. A new park will be dedicated in September. It is named for Emily Roebling, John A. Robeling's daughter-in-law who is credited with a major role in the completion of the bridge. We had a drink in the new Time Out Market located in Empire Stores. The market has 20 restaurants and three bars.