Friday Five – A Walk Around Fort Greene

The Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn is not far from my mine so I took a walk last weekend. Come along.

1. Architecture. 

Apartment Building

Apartment Building

This building is home to the Seventh Day Adventist  Church. It was built in 1857 and is on the National Register for Historic Places. It was originally the Hanson Place Baptist Church.

This building is home to the Seventh Day Adventist Church. It was built in 1857 and is on the National Register for Historic Places. It was originally the Hanson Place Baptist Church.

Not technically in Fort Greene, but I like the look of this building.

Not technically in Fort Greene, but I like the look of this building.

2. Signage. Conflicting messages?

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No Parking

Hmmm…what are they trying to tell me?

3. Greenlight Bookstore. This is one of my favorite indie bookstore in the city. (Yes, we still have those here in Brooklyn.) A great indie bookstore is part of the fabric of  the neighborhood. The staff knows you and you know the staff, even if you’ve never been formally introduced. I could spend all afternoon browsing in there, much to the chagrin of friends and former boyfriends. I now go alone. It’s better that way anyway. Then I can linger over the Staff Recommendation shelves, analyze the covers and read the intros and acknowledgement pages. Then I flip through the expensive coffee table books (even though I don’t have a coffee table) and spin the racks of travel books (even though my spring trip is already planned).

Greenlight Bookstore

Greenlight Bookstore

A neat place to sit.

A neat place to sit.

This guy found a more comfortable spot.

This guy found a more comfortable spot.

Dogs allowed!

Dogs allowed!

Planning a trip? (Stay tuned for a fun giveaway surrounding the destination of my trip. Shh! It’s coming soon.)

The Haruki Murakami section. Right next to the Alice Munro section. Right next to a book I just added to my TBR list: Me Before You. Can't wait to read that one!

The Haruki Murakami section. Right next to the Alice Munro section. Right next to a book I just added to my TBR list: Me Before You. Can’t wait to read that one!

Hungry?

Hungry?

4. Snacks.  Why, yes. Yes, I am.

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A chai pistachio muffin

A chai pistachio muffin

5. Murals. 

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A tribute to Biggie Smalls, a.k.a Notorious B.I.G., a hip-hop artist from Brooklyn, who was killed 16 years ago this month.

Not Ray's Pizza is a local joke. Ray's Pizza is a chain which seems to have a location on nearly every corner in the city.

Not Ray’s Pizza is a local joke. Ray’s Pizza is a chain which seems to have a location on nearly every corner in the city.

"Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition." ~ James Baldwin

“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” ~ James Baldwin

Fort Greene

Time to go home. Have a great weekend everyone! 

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27 comments

    1. So many tourists to NY never make it over the bridge, but Brooklyn has so many interesting flavors and vibes. It’s definitely worth a visit. Okay, I know I’m biased!
      I hope you get to come back soon, Debra.

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  1. Please tell me this counted as my exercise for the day. That would make the first time I exercised in 2013. (sigh)
    What a great walk, Jackie. The Not Ray’s Pizza place is hilarious. I like the owner already. The building reminds me of the Triangle building/fire.

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    1. Exercise. Check! You’re good until at least May as far as I’m concerned. 🙂
      I think Not Ray’s is hysterical too. I’m glad the guy has a sense of humor. Now that you mention it, the building does look very similar.
      Have a great (exercise free) weekend!

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  2. I had good friends who lived in Fort Greene when I lived in Carroll Gardens and I remember feeling like the area was on the rise even then–thank you for giving me a tour of how it looks now, Jackie. What fun for me! I’ll have to get back there one of these days–and see you, of course!:)

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  3. Getting ready to read Me Before You also. Lemme know what you think after!

    Dogs should be allowed in more places – if they behave themselves, which that cute little guy appears to be doing. Zeus would probably bark his head off and act like an insane, possessed hamster if he saw any other dogs, so unfortunately those places are off limits, for us.

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    1. I can’t wait to read Me Before You! I hope it lives up to the buzz.

      You’ll probably find it interesting that this neighborhood is home to three terrific authors: Jennifer Egan, Jhumpa Lahiri and Colson Whitehead. What a literary triumvirate!

      Reggie is like Zeus in that he would not sit quietly like that dog in the bookstore. He’d be sniffing and slobbering on everything in sight! Probably not good for the books. 🙂

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  4. I am drooling over the architecture and that bookstore! I love the convenience of amazon.com, but there’s nothing like an old bookstore.
    Really looking forward to hearing your travel destination. Southeast Asia?

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    1. It was great to take photos on my walk. I see these buildings so often, I tend to “look but not see,” but this gave me a fresh perspective. I bet that’s how you feel when you take your camera along.

      Southeast Asia. Maybe, maybe not. 🙂
      I’m so excited for the contest. It will be fun to see how long it takes for people to guess the correct place.

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  5. I just recently found your blog and have been reading a lot of the older posts. Such an inspirational blog! It gives positive energy for my day. You have a true gift of finding funny and touching stuff that for so many people just pass by…As a dog owner I also like that you write about Reggie and post videos of him. (Cat videos were also hilarious)

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  6. It’s a photographic wonderland *please see ‘LOVE’ sign* !!!
    Fascinating architectural details… many of them feel like they would be right at home in a Hopper painting – which is awesome, of course! Speaking of ‘building bits’… I really like the light fixtures in that bookstore, too…
    🙂

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