Saturday, December 08, 2007

Creative jouneys

Every Saturday morning, tour buses roll into my neighborhood. They come from Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Philly... Long considered a shopping magnet for the urban teen and young adult market, my new neighborhood is broadening its horizons, due to the recent passing of a HUGE rezoning plan. We are the hub of the AirTrain from JFK airport, a hub for the Long Island railroad, and soon to be home of a new Macy's JCPenney, Trader Joes, new hotels, and new schools. It feels like they are fixing EVERYTHING at once.

By the way, I have never seen so many sneaker stores in my life... who knew there were that many brands to choose from? And collectible VINTAGE NIke Air Force Ones???? How out of touch am I?

The fabric stores in my new neighborhood reflect the unique cultural mix of this area. The colors of India, the warmth of the Carribean, the vibrancy of Latin America, and absolutely EVERYONE else are reflected in the offerings of the fabric stores near me. Within a three block radius, these are pictures from about half of the stores on those few streets... what I snapped on this morning's walk, with my two-year old at my side!

Aside from this, the biggest appeal of this neighborhood, is that I am now close to my beloved library, which had circulated the highest number of books and other library materials in the country since 1994, and is the second largest public library in the U.S. in terms of size of collections. If there ever were a perfect library, this one is it...

And, completely off-topic... I must share with you, a song that is so lovely, it just makes me want to melt, by
Colbie Caillat . Is it just me?


  1. Good Morning Mimi and thank you for visiting my blog. Reading your posts was like reading a novel that I did not want to put down. You have a gift! and obviously many more.

    I really like the artwork of your mother. I grew up with artist parents so I love "different" medias. If you ever make a print of that one I'd purchase a copy. I can see that in a gallery or on the cover of a that you write...hint

  2. What a great neighborhood! Your children will have such an amazing time there learning about all the different cultures and peoples that make up the community, not to mention the opportunities the library will afford you.

  3. Thank you, Amy! What a compliment!

    And yes, Summerset... my kids are already benefitting immensely from this new environment. I've found programs for my son at the library, and we just enrolled my daughter in a swimming program we just started yesterday... it was fabulous!!!!