We had an unexpectedly fantastic weekend in Brooklyn this weekend for Renegade Craft Fair (Unexpected because it was supposed to rain 24 hours a day, and strike us down with lightening, according to weather.com, which was thankfully incorrect).
Friday night I picked up Phil from the airport as he flew home from Greece that day - we dropped our stuff at a pal's Park Slope apartment, and wandered around the park laughing about how the craft fair was going to be a rainy disaster the next day. We came upon a huge crowd of people having picnics on blankets, and just as we were about to ask one of them what was going on, a woman's voice coming through the park on a loudspeaker announced that Andrew Bird would be playing a free concert in just one moment. So there we stood, and there we got a free concert, through the trees, from one of our favorite musicians. This wouldn't happen in Baltimore, we thought!
Saturday we were up at 7 and somehow even though it misted rain most of the day, and rained harder in the afternoon, New Yorkers weren't fazed, and we managed to have a decent day. Sunday was beautiful all day, and so busy that we went from the 9 bins of apparel we brought to 4 bins on the way home. A record day in Brooklyn for sure.
I always say I could never live in NY. It's too crowded and busy for me. But moments like these... where my favorite bands play free in a park, people come out to support the arts even in the rain and where at the end of the day, there are homemade Polish donuts a few blocks away, and delicious Venezuelan Food in the other direction... I can see why other people want to.
Also, I got this sweet new necklace from Erica Weiner to help conquer my anxiety over plane landings (and also, maybe to suggest that I know, or exist secretly as, Superman).