I know, I'm falling behind on posts (I haven't even gone through photos from Germany, South Africa, and Namibia yet!) but the good news is, I'm busy working on some cool side projects I hope to share with you soon. Last weekend, I tried the coffee Budin, a new coffee shop in Greenpoint. People are freaking out because they have a $7 large latte, one of the most expensive in the city, but my large cup of filter was only $2.50, so I wasn't complaining. My only hesitation was when we asked if they roasted the beans locally, and they said, "No, in Scandinavia." To source beans from Africa, roast in Norway or Sweden, and then ship to NYC seems like an awfully big carbon footprint for a small cup o' joe. Nevertheless, it's a beautiful cafe and worth a visit if you're in the area.
Later, we wandered around the Prospect Park and stumbled across the best sledding hill in the borough. When our fingers and toes grew numb, we decided to tuck into the nearby Brooklyn Museum. I didn't know what to expect, and was impressed by their collection of African art, primarily from West and Central Africa. I stood mesmerized by something called the Elephant Mask as looped video of traditional dance ceremonies played nearby.
We also wandered around the Queens Museum. It was a short walk from the 7 train and you definitely won't miss noticing the giant metal globe out front. This area was the site of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fair, and the main attraction which makes this museum worth visiting is the scale replica of New York City. With one inch equaling one-hundred feet, you can imagine the painstaking process it was to create, and now maintain, this masterpiece.
This weekend, I've got my fingers-crossed for spring-like temperatures in the District. Is anyone else headed to the D.C. Travel and Adventure Show? I look forward to posting more updates soon!