Monday, October 5, 2009

Who needs Manhattan?

We had a perfectly delightful day of Brooklyn fun yesterday. Stunning Los-Angeles-type weather, the likes of which we only see a half-dozen times a year, made it a good day for a trip to Dumbo. I like Dumbo, Here’s why:

If you go to Bubby’s at 10am, there’s no wait and you can sit right by the play area which allows you to enjoy brunch with your husband and friends while your children play with a variety of Melissa and Doug toys. Bubby’s has great biscuits and pie and I like biscuits and pie. Sure, it’s not the cheapest brunch you could opt for, but hey, its not like it’s a recession or anything.

There is a playground across the street which is right on the water and when we go there I feel like I am more wealthy and hip and in-the-know, like a real Dumbo mom.

Then you can walk through the Brooklyn Flea and find all manner of cool shit you can’t afford like little print dresses that look vintage but aren’t and look like they should cost $15 and cost $60. And how cool is this T shirt company, t-me, that has tables and markers set up so kids can draw images that are promptly printed on baseball tees?

Proud of yourself for not spending money at the Flea, you can treat yourself to dessert at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.

And once you’ve loaded the kids up with all-natural ice cream, you can bring them to Fulton Ferry Landing, where you can introduce your young children to the works of Walt Whitman.

"Others will enter the gates of the ferry, and cross from shore to shore;
Others will watch the run of the flood-tide;
Others will see the shipping of Manhattan north and west, and the heights of Brooklyn to the south and east;
Others will see the islands large and small;
Fifty years hence, others will see them as they cross, the sun half an hour high;
A hundred years hence, or ever so many hundred years hence, others will see them,
Will enjoy the sunset, the pouring in of the flood-tide, the falling back to the sea of the ebb-tide."