Esther was the first work person I told about becoming a nomad over a year ago. We used to sit next to each other at Outside.in. She really liked the idea from the beginning, and offered to host “whenever I needed a place.” There are a lot of people who I’ve delayed staying with for those times when I might not be able to find a week, but that really hasn’t happened all that frequently.
Boerum Hill has been on the list for a while now. My week with Esther happened to coincide with her first week at a new, exciting job at that big company that rhymes with oogle and a week for me that was quite busy as well. Still, we had a couple of fun brunches on the weekend. I will say there is plenty left for me to do in Boerum Hill (so click on the form to host!)
One of the best things about staying in Esther’s apartment was the commute. It’s been warm enough for me to unfold my foldable bike so I alternated between the Manhattan Bridge and the Brooklyn bridge during the week. My first trip over the Manhattan Bridge was a perfect night around 10pm.
One of the worst things about staying with Esther was the death of the aerobed. It had a a good run, but my buddy Alfie got the best of it.
Esther and I had brunch on Saturday and Sunday. First at Cafe Luluc and then at Mile End. Cafe Luluc is up there with Fetch for the best pancake in NYC. And Mile End is a Montreal Deli that knows how to make a breakfast sandwich and really knows how to make hash. The hash is worth a trip to Brooklyn. Good Stumptown coffee too.
The weather was great. I’m really happy that spring is here because there are flowers like this at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I went to the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival for the second year in a row.
On Sunday, I moved with a graduate student from Studio 20 who is doing a project on people who aren’t living in permanent places in NYC. It was fun to have the company moving from Boerum Hill to 145th Street.
Boerum Hill was fun, another one of those smaller type neighborhoods that I’ve grown to really like. But I missed a lot and need to go back!
Esther also was my first portrait subject. We did an interview and chatted on Sunday morning when I left. Here’s one shot I snapped of her.
- A Bike Share Program May Come to Brooklyn (huffingtonpost.com)
- NYC To Governor: Where Are You, Andrew? (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- “Boerum Hill is a small neighborhood in the northwestern portion of the New York City borough of…” (thenycnomad.tumblr.com)