Taking a Bite Out Of Brooklyn.


Taking A Bite Out OF BrooklynPINIMAGE

Taking A Bite Out OF Brooklyn

When I was younger I l-o-n-g-e-d to live in Manhattan.

How can I get there? Who do I have to kill? Where will I live? Can I have a penthouse, please?


Well, I got there, for a while, and I didn’t like it: too big, too impersonal, too expensive, blahblahblah, and I returned home, to Ohio, to live another day… and visit now and again.


These ‘visits’ have been going on for decades.


I’ve had myself an entire Prada bag full of good times- because I had the moola to afford them- not because anything about Manhattan has changed- unless you go off-island…


… to Brooklyn. Oh my.

Leafy streets.


Good food.




Green markets.


Art Festivals.


And my son. He lives there. In a penthouse.


‘Cause someone’s got to.


Just your average abandoned lot attendant.PINIMAGE

Just your average abandoned lot attendant.


Not enough GREEN? They bring it in. This sod was laid for a street festival.PINIMAGE

Not enough GREEN? They bring it in. This sod was laid for a street festival.


Need a fill-up? Come on down to the former oil change station- a restaurant in an old gas station. How cool is that?PINIMAGE

Need a fill-up? Come on down to the former oil change station- a restaurant in an old gas station named Diviera Dr.


Catch a bite while you have an oil change.PINIMAGE

Catch a bite while you have an oil change.


An omelet served in the pan it was cooked in. PINIMAGE

An omelet served in the pan it was cooked in.

  • Enchanted Seashells, Confessions of a Tugboat Captain's Wife - I can honestly say I’ve never wanted to live in NY ever since my mom told me there are lots or rats running everywhere. Except for a Chanel sample sale, then I’d visit, but leave immediately. Open space, no buildings, lots of sky, that’s what this SoCal girl needs!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I agree Princess. It all seems so exciting until you come to value a ‘quality’ of life, and then NYC seems not such a bargain.ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - I live in a large city, and I do love big cities, especially in Europe. NYC is fun to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there,ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I LOVE cities- big, small. The intensity, the vibrancy.. its’ the suburbs that drive me crazy! HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - I can relate…I dreamed of New York while growing up in Dayton, Ohio….not fond of the city after I visited.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - I’m STILL dreaming of visiting NYC and all the places surrounding it. Actually, any place out east… or west… or overseas. Eventually. I hope.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Well, if you’re ever in New Orleans you know who to look-up!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - Me too! I grew up in Kentucky and always dreamed of NY. I went there, but within a couple of days I was ready to head back home. To busy, to many people and the buildings sent my claustrophobia into overdrive. I love going for short visits, but I wouldn’t want to live there (I wouldn’t want to live in KY either, SC will do for now!)ReplyCancel

  • Mary La Fornara Gutierrez - I love to visit, but I also love to go back home to Southern California. I’ll have to check out that restaurant next time I’m there!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - My mother was born in B’lyn and we visited each summer, in the heat of the summer, walking 5 flights up to my great aunt’s hot, sticky apt with an El train running outside the window. Oh yeah. Brooklyn. It brings back memories!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You have way toooo much fun! My one brother tried New York City and hated it. He fled to San Francisco. Any place but Iowa. I really don’t care for huge metropolitan areas; except for Phoenix. I will admit the restaurants are far better. It doesn’t matter what large city.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I love visiting NYC-of course I live very close to it. I think one’s experience of the city is very different depending who you share it with.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - I lived in Manhattan in my early 20s and there’s no place I’d rather have come of age in. However, I did return to Ohio, just like you, tired of the rat race. I had plans to return to the city, all refreshed, with more money and ready for action. Instead, I formed a rock band and ended up touring the country. Got a little side tracked. Now I am content to live an hour away, going in from time to time to visit friends, sometimes day tripping it and sometimes staying over. I love the place. It’s my happy place. And I’m so stoked we get to hang out there together in a few short weeks!!! Yahoo, that’s going to be fun!

    Brooklyn is amazing. I love it. The winery, the brewery, the whiskey distillery…oh yeah, and the cafes, the shopping, the Brooklyn Flea…all of it. It’s really become a happening place.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I got ‘side-tracked too. Stayed in Ohio for the next 20 years (no regrets) but jumped at the chance to move to NOLA. Now I just visit the Big Apple and stay in hotels- with people like you!!! Can’t wait!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Hogue Paige - I love Brooklyn too – great to visit – xxooReplyCancel

  • rosie k - http://www.bravotv.com/odd-mom-out/season-1/ep-5-brooklandia

    Cheryl Babe…

    Amazing new funny show on Bravo…Odd Mom Out…not to worry, it’s NOT a reality show but scripted with by a great comic…
    Jill Kargman…
    a recent episode was all on Brooklyn…connection above…hilarious but be warned…she lets it all out…no filters!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - On Bravo? I’ve heard of it! I’ll tune in. And I miss you! XXOOO Next time I’m up North….ReplyCancel

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