|Home Made Catering/Wine Bar and hidden on the|
far right is the door we go in to access our 3rd story flat.
Day 2 found us lazing in the morning, so the 3 of us didn't get out until about 12:30. First destination? Trader Joe's, the destination grocery store for those wanting healthy options. It was about a 1.5K walk through the neighborhood which gave us a chance to get a feel for the area. It was busy when we entered, but within 30 minutes it was packed. You would hardly get up and down the aisles and the 30 checkouts - yes 30 - were all full. The line snacked around the store, but with 30 friendly cashiers working at top speed, we were out in no time. However, there was no way we could walk home. Each of us had filled 4 bags with healthy eating options, so a cab ride back to the apartment was a sheer necessity.
After a bit of down time, some lunch and a beer, I was feeling antsy to get out with my camera and explore. I plotted the course to the nearest subway station (1.4K away - so just under 3K round trip) and decided I would use the walk to take some interesting pics of what I saw as well as pick up my Metro Pass so I could hit the road early in the morning. The walk to the station was fabulous and I snapped a lot of photos of the rundown part of the area as well as some of the different housing I saw.
|A row of rundown buildings near|
where we are staying.
|How weird - Red Hook is a Bait & Tackle Shop -|
Bar - Fishing Club!
|I love the way the old road surface shows here|
|Abandoned Dock Building|
|This may look run-down to you, but the wall|
looks like art to me. :)
|A beautiful example of a renovated building|
|Beautifully fixed up - notice the metal|
security gate over the entry way.
|Entry way to Summit Garden|
|Note the window A/C units and fire escape.|
|Only house like this I saw - really|
Now to a few shops caught my eye. I loved the Jersey Pork Store below with the giant pink pig statue out front. The By Brooklyn Fine Goods store is here because of their crazy window display. I have no idea what those fabric puffs are supposed to represent, but as far as I can tell they have no relation to anything inside. Mongo Boutique (Vintage, Recycled, Art, Fair Trade, Handmade) on Smith Street was the most interesting store I saw today, but at the point I passed it, it was pouring rain and I was soaked. I am headed back another day to explore inside. I also love the store that left up the original sign - Frank's Department Store - with a new sign underneath, Brooklyn General. Looking through the window you see it is actually a very modern yarn, fabric and dry goods store.
|Storefront with old sign on left - looking through the window you see a modern yarn/quilt store.|
|Love the mix here.|
|Bagel shop with ATM, Heineken and|
a Satellite TV antenna!
|Love the metal security door painted green.|
|Mural adverstising Red Hook which is the|
name of the area we are staying in.
|Loved this auto repair/gas station with graffiti|
murals on all the bay doors.