This Throwback isn't that far back. Last October, I received a booking request. It was within the sometimes nerve-wracking 24-hour window (do I have enough time to plan a WOW-inducing excursion?) but I accepted. My client had recently moved to San Francisco. She'd been to NY a few times before but this time around would be leaving the island of Manhattan.
I met her at the downtown Brooklyn hotel where she was staying and we headed to Greenpoint via the G train. We surprisingly didn't wait long at all for it to arrive. Her request included exploring the street art, funky scene of Brooklyn. She also expressed a love of food, wine & beer and as a travel blogger the unusual and off-the-beaten path NY since "having help to explore is always unique and fun experience" as expressed in her email.
It was a dreary, rainy afternoon but that didn't dampen our spirits. After a quick sweet treat at the old school Peter Pan Bakery (donuts for $1.10!) and a visit to the former theatre now drug store we headed to where we could find some Williamsburg street art.
A chalkboard sign advertised a grand opening on a side street. We decided to check it out. It turned out it was the opening of the Ibiza Love Child boutique. The actual event was to take place that evening but they granted us access and we browsed around the showroom. I was setting up to take a selfie in this framed mirror when my client said something that apparently shocked me. The result? Instagram glory.
We continued trekking through Williamsburg making stops along the way for photos and lingerie shopping at sex-positive boutique, SHAG.
A few stops on the train and I took her to Bushwick for some more street art. The Bushwick Art Collective was a feast for the eyes. While we strolled and captured images on our phones we were "joined" by this local who wanted us to take photos of him. A classic NY moment.
Wine shop? Check. Wine tasting? Check. We killed some time sipping wine after a bite at Roberta's. The kitsch of this mobile market wasn't lost on us either!