Tuesday, June 19, 2007

No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn

This past weekend, I ended up spending a decent chunk of time learning new parts of Brooklyn.

Friday night, we headed to the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn for happy hour at the Brooklyn Brewery followed by a bite at Mug's Ale House. One for the "small world" file: sitting at the table next to ours at Mug's was a woman who works at the South Fayette Township Library (discovered after seeing her friend's Penguins cap).

Saturday night, I was part of Anthony and Nick Santella's contingent at a party at Gregory Skolozdra's art studio in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn ("Dumbo" stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Greg, an attorney by day, has done many nature-inspired interior landscapes like this 2005 work "Jumbo Umbrella Mushrooms":

En route to Greg's studio, we unexpectedly happened upon the fireworks shooting off over the Brooklyn Bridge that capped off Children's Day at the South Street Seaport -- and watched them from the small park that's almost under the Manhattan Bridge. Courtesy of dumbonyc.com, here's what the scene looked like on a similar night in 2006:

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