Around Brooklyn

October 5th 2013


We just got back from an awesome week in Brooklyn. It was basically the antithesis to our last holiday to Barbados: concrete instead of beaches, cocktails and beer instead of rum punch, brunches and Mexican and Chinese food, walking until my feet quite literally gave out…


We stayed in yet another great Airbnb rental, a stylish apartment in a modern 4th storey block right next to the Williamsburg Bridge. Here’s the link to the listing with more photos. It was the perfect size for relaxing in, with cool decor and – omg – a built-in catty roommate buddy. Fluffy giant Mitt was so sweet!


The best part about it though – perhaps even better than Mitt – were the incredible views. We had the bridge bearing down from one side and a panoramic view of Manhattan, emcompassing the Empire State Building and the Chysler Building, from the balcony. The sights were amazing at every time of day, from the golden light just after sunrise (hi jetlag) to the dusky sunset. I didn’t really think I was a views type of person – I’ve always preferred ground floor flats in London – but I really miss it.


Oh yeah, the apartment also had a rooftop terrace for extra amazingness, though we didn’t have time to use it much.


The location of the apartment was great for exploring Williamsburg and further afield. We had loads of amazing things in the neighbourhood from superb foody joints to cool bars and shops – I’ll write separately about all those next. It was only a few stops on the subway into Manhattan (mostly ahem, for fabric shopping, which I’ve written up on my sewing blog) but we also did the trip via the East River Ferry.


The boat was an awesome way to see the Manhattan riverfront from a different angle and only four bucks. We caught it downtown to DUMBO as well for another day out. More to show soon!

Comments (5)

  • Accidental Londoner

    October 5th 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Love Brooklyn, love Airbnb and love your new furry temporary flatmate! Looks like a great place to be to explore and potter around such a great city.

  • Ginger

    October 5th 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Beautiful photos! I work not too far from where you stayed– it’s a fun neighborhood to explore! Looks like you had a great trip!

  • Asi

    October 6th 2013 at 7:37 am

    waiting eagerly to the foodie sequel – will be there in 4 days. YEAH

  • Chrissy

    October 6th 2013 at 11:36 am

    Well this is absurdly timely, as I will be heading there at the end of the month (three weeks and counting) and now have a very handy list of fabric shops to visit! Looking forward to the sequel on places to eat x

  • cydney

    October 10th 2013 at 10:47 am

    i’ve only been to NY once, but i fell in love with it. this makes me ever so jealous and desperate to return to the big apple. the sights are beautiful, you’ve captured them perfectly :)

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