So yesterday I went to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. For all of you who don't know because I haven't told you yet. I know a lot about the area from a project I did on the architecture of the Brooklyn Museum. Summation:
Until 1894 Brooklyn or (Breukelen, as it was originally name by the dutch) was its own city. The third largest. Before it joined with the other boroughs BK was in a race against Manhattan to prove its elitism. This lead to the adoption of certain projects to beautify Brooklyn and a large area was reserved for public works. For a while it was basically a crude park. But now that area consist of The Brooklyn Museum, The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, The Brooklyn Public Library, and Prospect Park.
(just cause I love it...here's the museum)
2008 Cherry Blossom Time-lapse at Brooklyn Botanic Garden from Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Vimeo.
Anyway...I strolled around the park with a couple friends and while we were disappointed by the fact that The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's famous willow tree had failed to bloom yet, as I was leaving I saw one of those things that remind me of why I love brooklyn. Group of little boys playing football. A tall mixed kid leaning down to a younger hasidic jewish kid and says, "ok I'm gonna fake to the right and you're gonna run in for the goal". On inspection of the group at large I see two huddled teams each composed of a mixed group of Hasidic jewish, black, and mixed kids below the age of 12. Their parents are chatting on the 'sidelines'. Only in Brooklyn.
Anyway...if anyone gets the chance...