Family with NYC Skyline

We Went To Brooklyn

This is our NYC Trip Day 2. Read about Day 1 in Manhattan/Midtown and Day 3 at the kids’ first New York Giants home game.

First, I don’t know how so many of my friends live in Brooklyn. Yes, it’s beautiful. Yes, I saw a mob boss’s wife. (Probably.) But I spent the week leading up to our trip  and the day I wrote this post singing: NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN.

Friends, how many years does it take before the song stops running through your head as you commute in and out of Brooklyn? Is there a discount for living in that borough? Beastie Boy therapists?

Heading to Brooklyn
Cause I’ll be rocking this party eight days a week

Anyway, we drove over the Brooklyn Bridge and met up with my friend from Kindergarten and her family. (Seriously, she’s probably earned the Medal of Honor by because that’s nearly three decades of Alex.) We forgot to get a photo of our families together, and not everyone wants to be Internet famous or on my blog (the two are mutual exclusive. Probably.)

Family with NYC Skyline
NYC Skyline: This is the only photography of the 4 of us together for the entire trip.

N also climbed into a sphere, which I’m just hopeful wasn’t important art.

N in art
Maybe this is a hipster playground.

We walked to (on? through?) DUMBO, which stands for Down Under My Brooklyn Outhouse. Or something like that. No one who lived in Brooklyn would explain it to us and no one who didn’t lived there cared. But it had a carousel.

DUMBO Carousel

Brooklyn is also where all the NYC babies pop out so there are a lot of playgrounds, and we made tons of friends, which made me sad that I live in the South where it took me a year to make a friend.

Godfather with N
Okay so we already knew that guy since he’s E’s godfather and all, but I know enough about new friends to not take pictures of them for my blog on the first friend date.

Finally, the kids were hopped up on pastries and swing sets and hipsters and it was time to get back to the malls of Jersey so we could get ready for the New York Giants game the following day.

Walking with my kids in Brooklyn
This is one of my favorite photos of me with my kids.

And we can finally get some sleep. Because we’ve been to Brooklyn. Heh.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

18 thoughts to “We Went To Brooklyn”

  1. I love the picture of you walking away with your kiddos. You all are beautiful. Wonderful writing, thank you for sharing your journey! :0)

    1. The Brooklyn playgrounds were actually great — I only had one photo that didn’t have random kids in it and I don’t like posting random children on my blog without permission so I couldn’t show more than one swing. There was a playground every other block and the one with the swings was double enclosed so adults could totally sit.

  2. Truth about the Beasties song. Before I even read the post, it was in my brain from reading the title. I imagine it will disappear sometime around Saturday.

    I’m glad you had fun (and saw a Mob Wife, of course.)

  3. I’m jealous. And the ‘BACK OF Y’ALL’ photo is my favorite too although the kid in the sphere is pretty close.
    Love, Marge

  4. First and foremost, I love that lacy top you’re wearing!

    Ok, I have been to Brooklyn a few times and each time I sing the song and people look at me like I’m a nut! And those are my friends! I think it’s a total valid questions cuz I too would be busting the Beastie. Love these pictures!

  5. Foot on the pedal never ever false metal engine running hotter than a boiling kettle my job’s ain’t a job it’s a damn good time city to city I’m running my rhymes.

    Never ever fail to drop Beasties.

    great pictures

  6. You are pretty and funny.

    “I know enough about new friends to not take pictures of them for my blog on the first friend date.” YES. Hahahaaa.

    Also, I hate when I meet people at parks on vacation and am like, “We can’t be friends! I don’t live here!”

  7. I love the idea of a hipster playground. I keep imagining the slides looking like super awesome side burns.

    I have a friend that has known me since I was born. She is two years older than I am. We are BFF’s and I am amazed because forever is a really long time. It’s pretty cool though to have someone in your life that has known you for way too long and still likes you. I’m glad you get to enjoy that experience too!

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