I have moments where I fantastize about living a simpler life outside of New York. Especially during those weekends when we're doing more of the "have-tos" rather than the "want-tos" with our time. We spent most of Saturday in the car (Juniper's least favorite place in the world) running a must-do errand in New Jersey. When we finally made it through all the blasted traffic and got back to Greenpoint that evening, Dan discovered there was a lights festival happening on our block. So we bundled up Juni and headed out to explore and find a little happy in our Saturday. It was the best part of my weekend, and really, one of my favorite New York moments I've had in a while. It reminded me about why I love living in Brooklyn. Because just when you least expect it, you'll stumble upon some city magic right outside your door.
For a few blocks there were light installations of every variety. It was an incredible lights festival (my photos don't do it justice.) On the building above, there were images flashing of a hand drawing illustrations, including a heart.
The water tower was lit up and there was an amazing totem pole pattern shining on the building nearby. You could walk through a lit-up poem that was running along the sidewalk. People were dressed up with lights in such cool ways. Right by the park there was a huge neon light sculpture that you could see for blocks.
Crowds huddled around these glass dollhouses that were lit up. There are shoes hanging on a line by a Greenpoint factory — the lights were shining on them in a way to cast cool shadows. People swung on the swings while a light installation overhead showed a trippy video of people swinging. Next to the totem pole light pattern, there were images of people climbing the wall running as a video loop.
Juni loved the lights and shadows, and I think she enjoyed being out in the crisp night air, too. It was a fun little family adventure. And we scored our favorite ice cream sandwiches from the Coolhaus truck for the walk home.
Images from my iPhone using Instagram.