meanwhile back in brooklyn

June 16, 2011 |  Category:   life nyc

…it’s summer. And with it, after school sidewalk parties, wine and beer on the stoop, sometimes with pizza, sometimes with dumplings and sometimes with steamed clams. I can’t say how long we’ll live in our building, this street or even this neighborhood, but I hope the girls will remember the sidewalk scene with their neighbor friends in “old-school Brooklyn” when they grow up (wonder what the neighborhood will be like in 20 years). School days are numbered and there is so much change in the air. We’re excited for the start of summer and a shakeup in schedule, but the change is also a little unsettling, if that makes sense? I can’t fully explain it. Maybe because summers used to not mean anything. Now they are clear markers of time.

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  • Jen June 16, 2011 at 3:30 am

    You are the coolest mom, Jenna. Seriously. They are going to have the best memories and I bet all of their friends are going to want to hang out with you guys.

  • Ana June 16, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Having fun already!

  • PInk Ronnie June 16, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I absolutely adore the idea of these school sidewalk parties.

  • Susan June 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I’ve never had the opportunity to have a stoop party–looks awesome.

  • mrsB June 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    such city kids and such fond memories you’re making for them.
    ps. we’re in the southwest and have been out of school since 5/26!

  • Lecia June 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I know exactly what you mean. Ditto here.

    These are all so very good.

  • ninja June 17, 2011 at 12:19 am

    The first and the last picture so beautifully capture the light … the essence of beautiful Brooklyn Summer evenings!

  • Visty June 20, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I love that the sidewalks are three wide there. I have never seen such wonderful, wide, sidewalks that make the best Kid World. It’s like their own car-free street.

  • K of Little Alexander June 25, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Gee, at 28 years old this is the first year that I or my partner hasn’t been either in school or teaching school, making it the first non-momentous summer. I loved that feeling of one year ending and a whole, new, fresh, clean one starting.

  • Seth Adores Jai July 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Simply loving your blog. Found you by way of A Cup of Jo and I’m in love. As a native NYer (now living in DC) this post brought back memories of my childhood in Brooklyn. hanging out on the stoops (Thanks for calling them stoops and not steps!), bike rides to the corner of our block and back in front of our building, and most of all just the safe feeling of being around familiar faces and the freedom and happiness of being a kid. Your girls will have those memories forever don’t worry.