We're moving this week! It's exciting and it's stressful. We'll be staying in Brooklyn but saying goodbye to DUMBO, our neighborhood for the past three years. During that time, we've seen massive amounts of change as DUMBO has increasingly become a popular destination for both tourists and New Yorkers. The growth and change that we experienced pales in comparison to what longtime neighborhood residents have witnessed over the past decade, but it has been substantial nonetheless and it shows no sign of abating.
Dumbo was the perfect first step into Brooklyn for us, and we'll miss walking Foster along the river and taking in the stunning views of both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges, to say nothing of the sunsets and the Statue of Liberty. I'll look back with fond memories of the night we watched an epic thunderstorm roll over Manhattan, something rare for NYC that pulled at my Midwestern heartstrings. It was such an incredible show that we turned off the t.v. and turned sideways on the couch to better see the storm out the windows.
Now, as we prepare to welcome Baby Brown in June, we find ourselves needing more space than our current compact layout provides. Specifically, we need a dedicated work space for both of us since I work from home one day a week and Doug needs the flexibility to get work done after office hours. In our current / soon-to-be-former apartment, if our desk isn't in the second bedroom, there's literally no where else to put it. It won't fit in the living room or in our bedroom (not that we would want it in either spot), and having a desk in the nursery doesn't seem ideal either (to put it mildly).
Additionally, one of the tradeoffs that we made for our location and breathtaking views (they were so worth it!) is that we don't have a dining table. We have a big kitchen island where we usually eat, plus access to a beautiful communal roof deck, which is great when the weather permits. With the baby on the way, we're ready to feel a bit more settled and be able to sit down together at a table. And honestly, as my bump grows bigger, I'll be glad to have an option other than sitting on a counter stool!
Park Slope, here we come!
p.s. DUMBO is so unique and I highly recommend checking it out, whether you're visiting New York or live in other parts of the city. I'll be sharing our favorite neighborhood spots over the next two weeks.
photos by Red Gallery Photography