Tag Archives: Brooklyn

Manhattan Bridge In The Spring

The following pictures were taken during in the spring of 2011 on a spontaneous walk across a relatively abandoned Manhattan Bridge into Brooklyn on a beautiful afternoon. It’s a great experience around mid-day, when the crowds are low and sun is high to illuminate the geometric wonders of New York City art and architecture.

Graffiti lines the bridge entrance.
More graffiti! So much art when you just open your eyes.
Wires and depth of field.
Geometry with shadows is a visual treat.
Urban street art is just the coolest.
Architecture can be marvelously imposing when you change your point of view.
Sunlight overwhelms.
Columns are a Manhattan Bridge essential.
Manhattan from above.
Another view. It’s incredible how perspective changes when you take a walk.

Flavorpill – A Tool For Cultural Awareness

By Lakshmi: 

Who?  If you want timely access to information about events, art, books, music, and pop culture in several major cities.

What?  Flavorpill is a website that claims to be a network of culturally connected people and helps bring what’s going on in about ten cities to your fingertips.

How?  You can access Flavorpill at www.flavorpill.com and also sign up for regular updates from the site.

Why?  I am a big fan of the Time Out websites and magazines that bring you everything from sights to see, to art to take in and to food to devour in major cities around the world.  In some ways, Flavorpill attempts to serve a similar need.  But unlike its Time Out brethren, it narrows its focus to just cultural events and happenings.  Given our proximity to New York City and an ongoing search for things  to do that are off the beaten track, Flavorpill appears to be a true enabler.  I just discovered Scott’s Pizza Tour to try different pies in the city, Stephen Power’s (the Muralist’s) New York City Show, free classes from General Assembly to understand API’s, and much more.  From a usability standpoint, having a sampling of each area at a glance drew me in and tempted me to learn more.  I was a bit surprised to see Brooklyn listed separately from New York, but that just means we can do more targeted outings to Brooklyn too.

Today, Flavorpill curates cultural happenings in New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Seattle, Dallas and London.

If you have used Flavorpill to enable your cultural endeavors, we would love to hear from you.

Walking Across the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO – A Great Way to Experience New York Away from the Crowds

By Lakshmi:

Who?  Anyone interested in walking around New York City, experiencing a part of Brooklyn, eating some good food, walking into boutique shops and art galleries and relaxing by the waterfront.

What? Walking around DUMBO also known as “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass”, the 90th historic district of New York City.

How? 

– Pick a lovely day

– Don a good pair of walking shoes

– Add in some friends for company

– Bring a good appetite

– Plan to dedicate 3-4 hours for a total experience

Why? I will admit that till a colleague told me about DUMBO, I knew nothing about this lovely, waterfront Brooklyn suburb.  So, one beautiful spring day, a group of us decided to start our walking tour at City Hall on the Manhattan side of East River.  (FYI….Tell any Manhattan cab driver that you want to walk the Brooklyn Bridge and he will drop you off at the right spot.)  Take the pedestrian walkway on the bridge and walk across, pausing to take lots of pictures and soak in the sights.  As you come towards the end of the bridge, follow the sign downwards to DUMBO, and walk towards the water and you will be there.  If you are hungry, stop by Ignazio’s for some good pizza followed by dessert at either Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory or at my favorite, Jacques Torres’s shop which includes amazing desserts and ice cream by one of my favorite pastry chefs.  A meal like that and I am ready for a nap.  So, what better way to relax than head to Brooklyn Bridge Park and watch the boats, people and take a nap.  If you are short on time, you can take a ferry from here to Manhattan.  If not, head to one or more of the many boutiques and art galleries located here. You can return back to Manhattan via a ferry, taxi or of course walk back on the Brooklyn Bridge in time to catch the sunset.